Nature is only the first sketch. For you must not think that I’m putting forward any heathen fancy of being absorbed into Nature. Nature is mortal; we shall out-live her. When all the suns and nebulae have passed away, each one of you will still be alive. Nature is only the image, the symbol; but it is the symbol Scripture invites me to use. We are summoned to pass in through Nature, beyond her, into that splendor which she fitfully reflects. And in there, and beyond Nature, we shall eat of the tree of life.
“The Weight of Glory” in The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses, Harper Collins, 1976, 43-4.