by Thomas Merton
A tree gives glory to God first of all by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be, it is imitating an idea which is in God and which is not distinct from the essence of God, and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree.
The more it is like itself, the more it is like Him. If it tried to be like something else which it was never intended to be, it would be less like God and therefore it would give Him less glory.
No two trees are alike. And their individuality is no imperfection.
Source: Thomas Merton: Seeds of Contemplation, New Directions Books, p 24
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