single creature is full of God
and is a book about God.
Every creature is a word about God.
If I spent enough time with
the tiniest creature
—even a caterpillar—I would never have
to prepare a sermon.
So full of God is every creature.
Let all the earth praise God!
Choose one of the nonhuman creatures of this earth. Pay attention to it. Notice its nature and actions. Let yourself be amazed by the wonder of its being. Reflect on the words of Meister Eckhart.
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.
Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another.
God dwells in His creation and is everywhere indivisibly present in all His works. He is transcendent above all His works even while He is immanent within them.
Those can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; their eyes are closed.
From wonder into wonder existence opens.
Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.
We can no longer hear the voice of the rivers, the mountains, or the sea. The trees and meadows are no longer intimate modes of spirit presence. The world about us has become an ‘it’ rather than a ‘thou.
Find wonder in all things, even the most commonplace.