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Find peace, rest in nature

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, March 3, 2014 10:46 a.m. CST

I walk barefoot through the soft, green grass until I come to a slow-running brook. Stepping into the brook, I feel the warm water, warmed by the sun, gently flow over my feet, and I feel the wet sand with my toes.

I step onto the smooth, round, flat rocks the size of silver dollars, made smooth by the running water. The water feels so warm and relaxing. I step out onto the soft, green grass again. I feel the blades of grass between my toes.

I walk slowly up a small hill through a patch of sweet-smelling clover. I lay down under an old oak tree. I look up and see the rays of sunshine streaming through the branches.

Butterflies are fluttering about. The sky is a beautiful blue with fluffy clouds floating slowly by. I can hear the birds singing soft and melodious. So peaceful and restful.

How beautiful is God's wonderful splendor for all to enjoy if we just open our eyes and our ears. His creation all around, such glorious, perfect serenity.

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