A Word From...Harlan Gilliam, RSNC

Cultivating Gratitude
The Regents Science and Nature Center (RSNC) began some 16 years ago as a vision in the hearts and minds of a group of Regents Families. With the blessing of the board and administration, an overgrown, abandoned corner of the campus became the animal life, plant life, and pond life learning areas known collectively as the RSNC. The hope of these parents was that their children would come in contact with the Creator as they spent part of their week observing and exploring and gardening and tending animals.

I have been here in the garden for 13 years now and can testify that the hope of these families is a reality in the lives of our students. Each class in Grammar comes to the RSNC every week. Their visit begins with a nature walk through the woods. We take this time to observe the living world and often marvel at the variety of sights, sounds, and even smell of creation. As we make our way to the garden surrounded by God’s handiwork, we have the opportunity to discover His genius and begin to get a sense of His imagination. The seemingly endless activity of the natural world can remind us of the One who never sleeps but is always with us. God speaks to us through His creation. Though we cannot see Him we can see His delightfully whimsical creativity in every direction. We see a mushroom here, a butterfly there, a seed floating on the breeze to land and grow and continue the cycle of life. Joy rises. Awareness expands. Truth, goodness, and beauty defined before our very eyes! All of creation seems to be the arms of our Father open in invitation to quench the drought in our souls, to fill the longings we hardly notice anymore, and to grant revelation of “the height, the width, the breadth, and the depth…,” a knowing that surpasses Knowledge!

Our hearts respond thank you, thank you, thank you!
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