1034. Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of mystery. ~Max Planck


Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She withers the plant down to the root that she may grow it up again fairer and stronger. She calls her family together within her inmost home to prepare them for being scattered abroad upon the face of the earth. ~Hugh Macmillan

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When the ages of ice came
And sealed the Earth inside
An endless coma of cold,
The heart of the Earth held hope,
Storing fragments of memory,
Ready for the return of the sun.

Let us then salute the silence
And certainty of mountains:
Their sublime stillness,
Their dream-filled hearts.

The wonder of a garden
Trusting the first warmth of spring
Until its black infinity of cells
Becomes charged with dream;
Then the silent, slow nurture
Of the seed’s self, coaxing it
To trust the act of death.

The humility of the Earth
That transfigures all
That has fallen
Of outlived growth.
~Edited excerpt from In Praise of Earth
by John O’Donohue


“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” ~Genesis 8:22  ✝

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23 thoughts on “1034. Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of mystery. ~Max Planck

  1. I love that first line “nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart”—-oh that is so lovely—and of course that up close snowflake is amazing. I really don’t understand how an atheist can look at a snow flake, a nautilus, a pinecone, a dahlia…and not think that there is something terribly amazing and awesome behind it all….

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    • Oh I loved it too and knew that I just had to share it. This time of year, I always ask my daughter, “Do you hear it?” And she’ll ask, “What?” And I’ll reply, “the tha thump, tha thump of earth’s beating heart.”
      And like you, my friend, I can’t even begin to fathom how anyone can look at all these miracles and not be convinced that as you said, “is something terribly amazing and awesome behind it all…” Instead they choose to think that nothing came from nothing and that some random burst of atoms could do all this. And they think we have silly beliefs. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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  2. The mystery is not for us to fully understand or analyze. My Dad was a scientist and mainly asked, “How big is your God?” He had friends who were many faiths, but he never let go of God and believed in the gift he found in Jesus, Son of God. I am happy with knowing he felt close to Heaven. This is how we all should try to live, Natalie. ♡

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