The Darker Side of Nature
Sermon by Chris Moore, Seminarian.
Like many Unitarians I have often stood in reverential awe of the beauty and the enormity of our physical universe. And it is truly amazing. I have often said that life needs no reason to justify its existence.
But what do we do with a universe that is more capable of snuffing out life, than sustaining it? What do we do when the beautiful green earth begins to shake and break apart and swallow up buildings? What are we to make of a raging forest fire consuming all before it? Where is the beauty in a wasting drought that dries out the land, killing trees, plants, flowers, and starving those living on it?
Life and beauty need no excuses to justify their existence. But, if I am honest with myself, somehow I can’t help thinking that death and destruction do require some justification for their existence. It is a natural tendency in many people to look for meaning when things go horribly wrong. But how does one do that exactly?