Tuesday, November 6, 2007

My Cathedral



My Cathedral
By:
Chris Rice


Sweetest days of childhood,
Playing in the deep woods,
Stomping through the creek
and feeling oh-so-much alive.
We're camping in the forest,
We join the cricket chorus,
Hum our songs of gratitude
around a crackling fire.
Out here in the stillness,
I found my house of worship
with column trees and canopy of stars,
Here in my cathedral.
It was beneath the blue skies,
I ran down to be baptized,
I felt the river wash me clean
and dried beneath the sun.
To this day believing
I'm wide awake or dreaming,
Scan the ancient sky
and understand where I belong.
Cause out here in the stillness,
I find my house of worship
with column trees and canopy of stars,
Here in my cathedral.
This is where I find my soul,
Out where holy men of old
first knelt in soil
and thanked You for the rain.
Wrote the songs that filled the air,
Harold angels sang their prayer,
out beneath
your darling constellations.
Let me off and wander,
Robin song and thunder,
Surrounding me with stained glass leaves
that change with every breeze.
Out here in the stillness,
I find my house of worship
with column trees and canopy of stars,
Here in my cathedral.

I have always been a fan of God's creation. As a kid I loved climbing trees and just sitting there, drinking in the sights, sounds and smells of God's creation. I loved finding a creek or stream (or any body of water) and would sit there reveling in the peace watching for critters. I always felt so close to God when I was alone in nature. That's why when I first heard this song I loved it because I feel that the woods are indeed my cathedral, more glorious than any man-made cathedral could ever be. I get the biggest thrill each time I see a deer, or a fox, or even a rabbit. I exclaim right out loud every time I am privileged to see a rainbow, and have to share it with someone. I love each waterfall, the beach and the pounding waves and the majestic mountains. Thank you God for providing such beauty, allowing me to feel close to You!

3 comments:

Debbie C. said...

Don't know that I've ever heard this song, but the words are great!! I love nature too, and am so glad that God created such a beautiful landscape for us to enjoy. He really didn't have to, we would've never known the difference if He hadn't but He did. Shows His great love for us.

Debbie P. said...

I know, sometimes I imagine Him saying, "Oh I just know they will love this!" or, "I can't WAIT until they see this!"

Rachel said...

What a great song!