A post on aleteia really made me pause to think about our relationship to the natural world. The article 4 Spiritual benefits of modern homesteading hit close to home. Here in our rural area of upstate New York, nature in all its wonder is right outside our door: lush green fields, flowing streams, verdant hills, views uninterrupted by city buildings, highways… the stuff of man’s creation.
The author, Philip Kosloski, cited four benefits to modern homesteading:
- Fulfills God’s call to be a steward of the earth
- Provides more time for silence and contemplation
- Creates a renewed sense of gratitude
- Fosters a healthy attitude of humility
After prefacing his thoughts with an apt quote from Pope Francis’ Laudato si, he briefly
explains each spiritual benefit, weaving in both Hebrew Scripture references and his thoughts about our closeness to God when we “cultivate” a close and personal relationship with his natural creation… a creation that provides an abundance for our needs, if only we are attentive to it.
When was the last time you planted and tended a flower or a vegetable plant? Have you ever thought about having chickens or bees for your own natural or organic food? Is it even possible where you live? If not, do you support others who are, through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) or even a farmers’ market?
Good questions for any of us… especially as we consider the goodness of our God in His great love for us!