The Healing Earth


By: Susan Deborah Schiller

In the "devotional" series

Later this week I'm taking my granddaughter into the wilderness, tent camping. We'll sit under the stars, roast some marshmallows, and listen to the silvery laughter of the ponderosas as the wind tickles their needles. 

Sometimes when life makes no sense, you just need to walk barefoot in the dirt, scoop your hands into the rich soil, and even bath your skin in the minerals. Children seem to intuitively understand this, and we adults need to follow their lead!

"Don't get dirty!" we warn our kids, when really it's our world's dirty culture that pollutes our souls.

The earth's dirt is different. It gives us balance when we feel we're falling. It centers us when life seems confusing and dizzy. 

This world is toxic, but the earth still brings healing. Sometimes you just have to walk under the stars and stare at the moon. Follow a child, climb some rocks, dig in the dirt!

Photo by Rod Schaeffer

The world is cold and dark, but I know God is shining and I seek His Light.

I dreamed last night I was viewing the starry night from a summer watchtower. As a result, next month I'm booking a watchtower to spend a few nights in solitude. Sometimes you just need to be still, to be silent, and to sit in solitude.

Sometimes we just need to return to what's real, what's true, and what's eternal.

"When our children were little, we had long bedtimes, stories, songs, prayers. And when things happened which were hard for us to comprehend like a sudden and unexpected death, I would pile the children into the station wagon and drive up to the top of Mohawk Mountain, to the fire-lookout tower, and we would lie on the great, flat glacial rocks and watch the stars come out, and talk about whatever it was that had shocked or hurt us. I'm not sure where the idea came from that all of creation is God's body, but if we must have an analogy, it is not a bad one."

"When I look at the stars to help me find perspective, I am seeking an alternate reality, one which is deeper and more real than the world of immediate consciousness…. We have strayed far from the reality of those peoples of the world who live close to the land, who listen to the language of the birds, the singing of the trees, the message of the clouds in the sky. Our loss. – Madeleine L'Engle in "And It Was Good"

God created the earth and called it "GOOD" – it makes good sense to believe the earth has healing powers. Today, as I still struggle to make sense of all the evil in our lives, I remind myself to look at the stars, the moon, and to run barefoot in the grass. Children are good teachers!

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With all my love,


Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she learned to navigate to freedom and fullness.  
Today Susan helps people write their life stories, unearthing the treasures of their past and sowing them into their future, creating new family legacies.

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Linda August 11, 2014 at 11:40 pm

I'm settling in my cozy bed and I can hardly fathom the atrocities of today.

Children's heads lopped off…
Terrorists tunneling into Israel…
a beloved comedian committing suicide…

No, it doesn't make sense.  And I can't do anything to change what has happened today, August 11, 2014.  And I am sad.

So, now what?

I take another step.  I hug my grandson.  I join kindred hearts in Denver, CO.  I smile at a stranger.  I stand firm in the Lord and forget none of His benefits. (Ps 103)  And I still expect to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Ps 27)


Susan Schiller August 12, 2014 at 5:34 am

I was so sad to hear about Robin Williams’ passing yesterday, too… but like you, it makes we want to just love more, to reach out and love more, and to reach in and love more. If we can get that part right – loving more – what a difference it would make. 

May we all choose love today, in whatever way our Father leads us to. I know I am challenged to love more, to try to make a bridge to people who feel unloved. I fail so very often. 

Yes, Denver, my friend!


Anmol Rawat August 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm

True Susan. We have made this earth toxic. I really hope people learn to love nature and helps in maintaining its beauty.
The last para is just awesome. Thank you for sharing 🙂


Susan Schiller August 11, 2014 at 1:43 pm

You are kind, Anmol – thank you for your gentle words 🙂


Joan Harrington August 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Great post Susan 🙂   Thank you for sharing………Enjoyed


Susan Schiller August 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Thanks so much, Joan!


Kathy Widenhouse August 11, 2014 at 12:48 pm

So true. We are distracted by activities and sorrows that go on about us. I love the idea of experiencing the natural world as a reminder of the beauty of truth.


Susan Schiller August 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

True words, Kathy – thank you for visiting and sharing today!


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