In this essay in The American Scholar, Christian Wiman writes about his twenty years away from church and how falling in love and being diagnosed with cancer brought him back. Wiman is a poet, the editor of Poetry magazine, and the author of the new memoir, My bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer.
I was brought up with the poisonous notion that you had to renounce love of the earth in order to receive the love of God. My experience has been just the opposite: a love of the earth and existence so overflowing that it implied, or included, or even absolutely demanded, God. Love did not deliver me from the earth, but into it.