Monday, July 05, 2010

Rocks and Rills

In observance of Independence Day, our church worship service had a strong patriotic theme. During the service we sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee", a song I'm sure I have sung countless times. However, this time I paid more attention to the second verse:

"My native country, thee, land of the noble free, Thy name I love: I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hill; My heart with rapture thrills like that above."

One short verse caused my mind to reel with questions: What is a rill? Is this a typo? Do I really love the rills? How can I possible know if I love rills unless I first know what they are? With so many questions, I went in search for answers.

The Van Buran Community Center defines rills as a result of erosion down a slope, and if this erosion is not corrected, gullies can form. Gullies become streams, and streams become rivers. With my first question answered, I still didn't know if I loved rills. Knowing what something is and loving it is two separate things. And who loves erosion anyway?

Here's what rills look like:


(Van Buran Community Center)





Even though erosion can be destructive, I can see the beauty in the rills. Can you?

So, yes...I do love the rills; they have a purpose in nature. I'm thankful for the song, "My Country 'Tis of Thee", which made me stop and take a better look at the beautiful country in which I live.

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