A STEWARD OF EDEN - DR. GIL HAAS, SAINT AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY EPISCOPAL CHURCH, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
A “Steward of Eden”
A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling,
tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear
these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. Every hidden cell is throbbing with
music and life, every fibre thrilling like harp strings, while incense is ever flowing from
the balsam bells and leaves. No wonder the hills and groves were God’s first temples,
and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the father off
and dimmer seems the Lord. The same may be said of stone temples. Yonder, to the
eastward of our camp grove, stands one of Nature’s cathedrals, hewn from the living
rock, almost conventional in form, about two thousand feet high, nobly adorned with
spires and pinnacles, thrilling under floods of sunshine as if alive like a grove-temple,
and well named “Cathedral Peak.”
Written from Alaska in 1915.
In keeping with St. Augustine’s commitment this year to be consciously aware of and
contribute to a theology and ministry of creation care, articles derived from past
Stewards of Eden will be quoted in this space in parallel with our six week class at 9:30
AM of the same name.
~Dr. Gil Haas, Saint Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Various Clergy and members of St. Augustine contribute to authoring the blog on a variety of topics.