Nature’s Beauty…..

 

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It is so wonderful to be able to travel and enjoy this amazing, beautiful world that has been created for us.  Nothing rivals the spectacular views of Yellowstone and the sense of being “alone” in nature.  Okay, there a lot of other visitors and it seems really busy in the summertime but you can still find areas that are very isolated, peaceful, quiet and that stir your soul.

I can’t look at the beautiful outdoors without thanking my God for creating the earth and making it a splendor for each of us to enjoy. We attended church on Sunday in Jackson and the closing hymn was “How Great Thou Art.” The beautiful words and music have been in the back of my mind all week especially as we have been traveling through this pristine area of the world.
I love the lines from the hymn, “How Great Thou Art.”

When thru the woods and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze,
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee,
How great thou art! How great thou art!
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder

Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy pow’r thruout the universe displayed;
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee,
How great thou art! How great thou art!

The following words are from a talk by M. Russell Ballard entitled, “God’s Love for His Children,” which was given in April 1988.

I wish I could express myself as well as the author of this talk and the author of the hymn.  The words certainly explain how I feel about the beautiful world that has been created for me.

“I felt a deep reverence for both the creation and the Creator. Reverence may be defined as a profound respect mingled with love and awe. Other words that add to our understanding of reverence include gratitude, honor, veneration, and admiration. The root word revere also implies an element of fear. Thus, reverence might be understood to mean an attitude of profound respect and love with a desire to honor and show gratitude, with a fear of breaking faith or offending.”

“…And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing
He bled and died to take away my sin,
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee,
How great thou art! How great thou art!”

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings the hymn, How Great Thou Art:

Here is one more rendition of the hymn by one of my favorite groups which is The Piano Guys:

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