The great naturalist John Muir wrote; “Climb the mountains and get their
good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

All of that is probably true. But there are good tidings greater than those
that come from climbing mountains: Divine good tidings. There is a peace that
is greater than the peace that comes from nature: Divine peace. There is an
energy greater than that which comes from storms: Divine energy. And while you
may lose some of your cares in contemplating nature, you can lose them all by
coming to the divine Son of God. As an old song says, “Take your burden to
the Lord and leave it there.”

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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