Playing in the Woods

When I was a kid and into my teens, I played in the woods a lot. I was in the creek, walking the trails and there was a swing attached to the largest tree I had ever seen before, or since then.

I was very spiritual and loved historic Native American culture and Asian views of the world. In fact, I have always loved other cultures, people that are way different than I am. I’ve never lost that. My favorite academic pursuit is not writing but anthropology.

I couldn’t find God in church though. Where was He? It wasn’t until many years later that I had a personal experience with God, in the traditional sense. And I ended up clearly on the right culturally and politically.

I didn’t stay there though. Over time I began to see things that were “off”. Disturbing things really, like the way they treated women, and racial prejudice. And there was always a condemnation of others, anyone different than they were, even other Christians.

I changed spiritual directions due to tragedies in my life. However, I also became a much more open, non-judgmental person. I’m no longer a Republican. I left that mess years ago. And an evangelical church is out of the question now. That’s no longer a part of me.

I care a lot more about people now, still holding onto the core of who I am. I love and respect all people (except for bullies) I still seek to be spiritual, while loving other cultures!

So there you are! Or rather here I am!

Thank you for being here!

P. S. I still love to play in the woods.

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49 thoughts on “Playing in the Woods

    1. Thank you Pam for your really beautiful and profound comments! You’re right God is always near and can be our best friend if we allow Him to be. Peace my friend and wonderful blessings.

  1. Wonderful to know that you are spiritual and yours thought on that direction. God is present in human souls I believe that if we serve human beings we will see god and feel God’s presence.

  2. Jesus is our everything..! Whenever I was peace I will go to church..! The only place where I get happiness,peace etc… And give high five nice 🙌..! Even I too love playing in the wood..!😊😊

    1. Thank you Filarance! Church can be very beautiful. In some churches like non-denominational the music is too loud and not only hurts my ears but my heart/chest area. It’s like going to a rock concert, so I cannot enjoy that. Yet peaceful churches with stained glass and candles I enjoy a lot. Thank you again. High five! Peace and wonderful blessings.

      1. Yeah Nico..! That’s absolutely true..! Oh so sad to hear from you my friend..! Yeah, I too like churches with stained glass and candles..! Thanks a lot for your beautiful blessings my friend..! You’re very welcome..!😊😊

  3. I could never find God in church either. I recognized him in the creation and in the people around me… and very often between this all.

  4. I understand you are a meditative one, Nico. This is the large show of the nature that leads me too at first to God . Then my faith become strong in going to the mass , to join intimely Jesus .
    In friendship

  5. Absolutely, nature is definitely one of the best ways to connect with God. I too have been burned by the fundamentalist teachings. Love your blog

  6. Thanks for sharing something so personal and empowering, Nico. Beliefs evolve with maturity and hopefully become more loving and accepting. That seems to be the case with you. Lovely.

  7. What is paramount is a personal relationship w/ God, Nicodemas. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised im from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10: 9). As you’ve already discovered, political affiliation has nothing to do w/ this.

    1. Anna I’m not sure where you were going with your comments As an evangelical and/or fundamentalist Christian there are consequences culturally and politically. The support of some Christians for our ex-president shows this clearly. I was simply relating my experience, and that I’m no longer considering myself part of the “right”. I can say that I’m a moderate and a Christian though. Nature often brings us closer to God. Thank you for reading and commenting. Peace and wonderful blessings.

      1. Certainly our religious beliefs can influence our political and other choices. My point, however, was that political affiliation does not in and of itself make one a “good” Christian. Sorry not to have articulated that more clearly, Nicodemas.

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