Clement of Rome and the Beautiful Order of Nature

9 Sep

Hear these words of Clement of Rome (from his epistle to the Corinthians).  Let them fill you with a sense of wonder and joy in His creation, and let them lead you to worship and glorify our Creator God:

“The heavens, as they revolve beneath His government, do so in quiet submission to Him.  The day and the night run the course He has laid down for them, and neither of them interferes with the other.  Sun, moon, and the starry choirs roll on in harmony at his command, none swerving from its appointed orbit.  Season by season the teeming earth, obedient to His will, causes a wealth of nourishment to spring forth for man and beast and every living thing upon its surface, making no demur and no attempt to alter even the least of His decrees.  Laws of the same kind sustain the fathomless deeps of the abyss and the untold regions of the underworld.  Nor does the illimitable basin of the sea, gathered by the operations of His hand into its various different centres, overflow at any time the barriers encircling it, but does as he has bidden it — for His word was, Thus far shall you come; at this point shall your waves be broken within you.  The impassable Ocean and all the worlds that lie beyond it are themselves ruled by the like ordinances of the Lord.  Spring, summer, autumn and winter succeed one another peaceably; the winds fulfil their punctual duties, each from its own quarter, and give no offence; the ever-flowing streams, created for our well-being and enjoyment, offer their beasts unfailingly for the life of man; and even the minutest of living creatures mingle together in peaceful accord.  Upon all these the great Architect and Lord of the universe has enjoined peace and harmony, for the good of all alike, but pre-eminently for the good of ourselves who have sought refuge in His mercies through our Lord Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory and majesty for ever and ever, amen.”*

*From Early Christian Writings (Penguin Books, NY, 1968, p. 31-32)


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