Creation, Conservation, and John Muir


This morning, January 16, 2012, Our Daily Bread has an inspiring devotional entitled: The Book of Nature. In this devotional we learn that John Muir:

Scottish-American John Muir (1838– 1914) was raised by a Christian father who placed great emphasis on Scripture memory. By young adulthood, John allegedly could recite from memory all of the New Testament and large portions of the Old Testament.

As a young man, Muir developed a great love for God’s creation and viewed it as a source for understanding God.

The short devotional gives only a brief window into the life of John Muir. Since his death in 1914 there has much been written about his life. Some, who do not want to see Christians given any praise for conservation, have attempted to prove he was not a Christian believer.  Others say that as a Christian his life is an example of how believers care for and preserve the environment. The facts come down on the side of the latter, but it seems to me that this isn’t for us to decide. What we do in this life will be judged by a righteous judge:

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God. 1 Corinthians 4:5

If you are interested, however, in knowing more about the life of this passionate man, the National Parks Service has commemorated his life on DVD. Those who have time to watch and listen will find it both educational and fascinating.

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I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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