08 March 2008

Pieces of Peace

My reading assignment for American Survey I this week is Ralph Waldo Emerson. Here are some quotes from his piece Nature, which I wanted to share. Emerson has an interesting biography, but he was a minister for awhile and it's apparent in these pieces of his writing that God spoke peace to him and revealed His nature to Emerson through nature:

But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and vulgar things. One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime [majestic]. Seen in the streets of cities, how great they are! If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which has been shown! But every night come out these preachers of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
*Psalm 147:4 - He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
As a plant upon the earth, so a man rests upon the bosom of God: he is nourished by unfailing fountains, and draws, at his need, inexhaustible power.
*Isaiah 40:29 - He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Congratulations to Cornell's Big Red Men's Basketball team. 14-0 in the Ivy League. This is the first time Cornell has achieved this and they are the 13th team in Ivy League history to have an undefeated season. Cornell improves their record to 22-5 on the year as they prepare for their first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 20 years.


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