Prayer from Nature: A Faith that Moves Halfdome

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Photograph: “North Dome, Half Dome, Clouds” by Matt Bye

I am now reminded of a strange sensation. It is peculiar, when sitting in a parked car, for the adjacent vehicle to reverse. Often, the resulting optical illusion is that your own car is rolling forward, followed by a desperate, brief desire to nail the brakes.

The wilderness created this deception today. A flat portrait of clouds, steadily and gracefully shifting north served as the adjacent automobile, and Halfdome felt as my own. The way the sky slithered to my left gave me, even if for an instant, the wonderful feeling that this granite wonder was moving southwards rather than its grey and blue backdrop inching wayward. So my brief, devout belief that such an absurdity was possible moved for just the moment, a monolith. It is true what they say. Faith can move mountains. All we need is a moment of belief and anything is possible.

I pray for overwhelming moments of this faith, powerful enough to move mountains. Let them carry over into a freedom of confidence to go and powerfully impact the world around me.

Founder of The Network 5.12

Andrew Bellisle

This is the last of a 5 day series.  From September 22nd to September 26th, Andrew released a prayer each day.  These prayers were inspired by a focus on entities of creation.  We would love for you to subscribe to our blog to check out more posts in the future! 

Note on today’s photograph: Matt Bye is a friend of The Network 5.12.  To check out more of his work, visit http://matt-bye.smugmug.com.  To learn even more of Matt’s philosophy on capturing photos, read “Sorry Photographers, You’re not Original,” a post he wrote specifically for The Network 5.12.

Prayer from Nature: The Radiance of a Star

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Photograph: “The Milky Way over Washington’s Column” by Matt Bye

From here in front of Yosemite Chapel, I rest carefully upon the meadow’s boardwalk, gazing upwards through the chilled, night sky. The wood beneath my limbs mirrors the cold air above in temperature. Thousands, no millions of miles forth glows the subtle light of perhaps thousands, no millions of stars. And on my lumber seat, their white embers’ warmth does not reside. The crisp coolness of the air hence brings me to long for the ardor existing abreast these foreign candles. If I were drawn nigh, would my hairs lay flat again under their radiant, warming passion? The sun gives birth to the truth of this simple pleasure.

How I hope to be like these stars in that the closer one peers at my character, the more they find a radiant love exerted from my soul. So I pray, let me too become a candle releasing such undeniable warmth.

Founder of The Network 5.12

Andrew Bellisle

From September 22nd to September 26th, Andrew is releasing a prayer each day.  These prayers are inspired by a particular focus on entities of creation.  We would love for you to subscribe to our blog to receive these as daily devotionals! 

Note on today’s photograph: Matt Bye is a friend of The Network 5.12.  To check out more of his work, visit http://matt-bye.smugmug.com.  To learn even more of Matt’s philosophy on capturing photos, read “Sorry Photographers, You’re not Original,” a post he wrote specifically for The Network 5.12.

Prayer from Nature: The Wisdom of a Tree

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Photograph: “Paper Beats Rock” by Kern Ducote

Not even a photograph captures the precise detail within trees, for even their shadows prove intimidating silhouettes to an artist. I’m always awed by the intricacies of these landmarks. From the dew which rests upon their greenery, to the veins within each leaf, to the delicate patterns of bark spread between their trunks and limbs, to the roots that carve their way in and out of the soil beneath their slumber, their complexity is a wonder to rest beneath, for here I am reminded of the individual character bestowed into everything living.

And the sources of life for these trees, light trickling down through their canopies and water ascending from their roots to the proudest of leaves, collide. I imagine this collision to be a magical meeting of sorts, illuminating the souls of the giants. Perhaps if one were to witness the spectacle, they would gain sight of the deepest of wisdoms, hidden within the heart of a tree, now lit by the glorious explosion from the union of the two. What I would do to glimpse upon that wisdom, obtained from living centuries past. There are even trees that watched Jesus walk…

I pray for the wisdom of a tree. And since I too am delicately made, perhaps it is mine to gain.

Founder of The Network 5.12

Andrew Bellisle

From September 22nd to September 26th, Andrew is releasing a prayer each day.  These prayers are inspired by a particular focus on entities of creation.  We would love for you to subscribe to our blog to receive these as daily devotionals! 

Note on today’s photograph: Kern Ducote is a wonderful friend of The Network 5.12.  To check out more of his work, visit http://kernducote.tumblr.com.

Prayer from Nature: Wind’s Energetic Song

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Photograph: “The Rivers of Mercy” by Matt Bye

The full weight of the wind, released through the languished sigh of where e’re the chambers of captured wind reside within the sky, now heavily breathed forth, is freed into our world. Its force has fallen on the tips of Yosemite pines. Not even their resolute pose holds rest to the determined force of these gusts, bringing their energetic song – a song now coaxing the highest stretched, masculine limbs into a graceful, feminine sway and dance. This is how the wind perhaps best exerts her power: the seduction of the towering greens, converting their shaded canopy into a rustling ocean wave.

I gawk at her might, and I ponder her decision to so perfectly invade the sea o’re my head. How does she always seem to give birth to such life?

I pray, breathe into me oh sighing gales. Please bring my limbs to dance to your song, for I want to live under your seduction, energized as these pines.

Founder of The Network 5.12

Andrew Bellisle

From September 22nd to September 26th, Andrew is releasing a prayer each day.  These prayers are inspired by a particular focus on entities of creation.  We would love for you to subscribe to our blog to receive these as daily devotionals! 

Note on today’s photograph: Matt Bye is a friend of The Network 5.12.  To check out more of his work, visit http://matt-bye.smugmug.com.  To learn even more of Matt’s philosophy on capturing photos, read “Sorry Photographers, You’re not Original,” a post he wrote specifically for The Network 5.12.

Prayer from Nature: The Purpose of a Flower

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Rarely, as a twenty-four-year-old man do I stop to admire flowers. Yet here and now, their determined tackle demands my attention. The ones below me carry an untarnished, solid yellow, creating sharp contrast between the contour of each pedal and the shadows of grey and brown at their base. Why do our eyes hold partial to ambient shades over the dull colors of dirt? I cannot explain. Nevertheless, the draw of a flower can be felt as the aesthetics of their flamboyant bloom reach beyond logic and into our core desire for that which is elegant.

Now to wander deeper into thought about flowers, I ponder their very existence. Their birth through pollination seems the oddest thing, full of chance, especially in this rugged terrain. A lack of water and fertile soil stand against these flowers’ being, yet here they are breathing in the sun, storing moisture from the night, and sprouting roots against the odds. And yet few would admire their pedals saying, “These flowers bare such burdens.” No. For flowers carry a confident peace, holding their provisions near and bursting forth in glory.

I pray to be like these flowers, perfectly content in that which I am given, using both provisions and obstacles to step into that for which I am made, the glory of my maker.

Founder of The Network 5.12

Andrew Bellisle

From September 22nd to September 26th, Andrew is releasing a prayer each day.  These prayers are inspired by a particular focus on entities of creation.  We would love for you to subscribe to our blog to receive these as daily devotionals!