Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #4 Spiritual Places 2… The Sauk Trail http://www.dennymeyer.me
Not more than 200 yards from my home is a pathway that represented a native American superhighway of sorts. The Sauk and Fox Indians traveled between what we now know as Rockford, Illinois to Detroit, Michigan to trade with the British. Black Hawk, one of the leaders of this First Nation group was a chief and medicine man of sorts. The Sauk, like many Indian nations had a belief system that deeply connected with a “power” connected to nature. The natural world was an integral part of their religion. Trees, fish, and other animals held special meaning to them.
There may be many nuances of their religion that we miss although the Sauk Indians of today keep some of their rituals alive, we still should have an appreciation for these people who populated this part of the world long before the white man arrived. One of the key things we can learn is how we are so closely connected to nature and the seasons. If we saw nature as a sacred creation of God we would surely treat nature with greater sensativity and we would see ourselves as a part of nature and not abuser of the natural environment. Even Jesus could say, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?” (Matt 6)
Let’s be keenly aware of our environment this week and give thanks to the creator for making us stewards and not the owners of creation. No matter what the debate may be on climate change we have a responsibility to care for the earth and all of its inhabitants.