the restorative power of creation
I came across scientific research, including some conducted by Edinburgh University, into the effect of environment on those suffering with stress, which concluded that:
improved mood, improved attention and reduced stress and anxiety.*
“Even short-term visits to nature areas have positive effects on perceived stress relief
compared to a built-up environment.**
The benefits of getting outside are enhanced by the Christian perspective. To engage with creation invites us into an encounter with its Maker.
Check out these verses.....
Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities--
His eternal power and divine nature.
So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
[Romans 1:20 NLT]
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.
The earth is filled with your love, LORD; teach me your decrees.
LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory in the heavens.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.
*Studies by Kaplan & Kaplan, 1989; Ulrich et al, 1991; Hartig et al, 2003; Grahn and Stigsdotter, 2003; Ottosson and Grahn, 2005; Maas et al, 2009; Barton and Pretty, 2010; Roe and Aspinall, 2011. Landscape and Urban Planning, April 2012
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