There is a tree in front of my house that is a blaze of gold. When the sun shines across the field onto the tree it shimmers in the light. The tree is an expression of graceful nature. Only a few weeks ago there was another display of nature: Superstorm Sandy. That was a display of raw power, full of destruction. What a contrast: gentle nature and powerful nature! It is only a step from these two visions of nature to recall that all of the earth is a reflection of God who created it. And it is another short step to remember that the human person is also God’s creation. We too are a reflection of the God who made us. With eyes wide open to the world around us and to the people around us we encounter God around us. It is awesome indeed! God is on display all around us and even in us. For those who can sense this closeness of God there is good reason to give thanks this Thanksgiving Day.