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After a few mornings, I noticed that the fronds or leaves of the palm tree seemed to nod and reach toward me as I sat there writing. We became friends without conversation. What struck me about our friendship was how personal it was. We were two species of God's creation just being together in Silence. And so I began to think about my palm tree as a conduit to God.
The idea of a tree as a conduit to God became the theme of my poem, "The Agnes Tree". I fondly named the tree after Saint Agnes who was a pure and holy servant of God. As I wrote it I realized that Nature has always been a conduit to God for me. Natural beauty draws me into closer relationship with the Holy Spirit to experience the joy of Heaven on Earth-moments of deep communion in which we are in complete harmony with God, ourselves, and the entire creation to experience what I call "Paradise Within."
Yale Divinity School