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Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Caterpillar- or Maybe a Snail

Over the many years of my quest, there are several quotes by Meister Eckhart that I have often contemplated and journaled and occasionally used as the core of sermons. They are my favorites. I want to share one now:

Apprehend God in all things,
for God is in all things.

Every single creature is full of God
and is a book about God.

Every creature is a word of 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.

Spend a few days mulling this over, and you'll never be the same. It says so many wondrous things that feed the deepest soul.

Sometimes I have changed the caterpillar to a snail because of a personal experience a snail and I had. In 1947 we moved from Pennsylvania to California. We went to visit my old Sunday School Teacher who had retired to a glorious home on top of a hill surrounded by orange trees in Escondido. I went outside while the adults talked. Low and behold I discovered a snail. I'm sure it is too cold in Pennsylvania for the gelatinous creature, for I had never met a snail before. I laid down on the grass and watched the little creature and watched it watching me. We had a connection. I saw God's creation and knew how magnificent it was. I knew God was everywhere, even in this little being, for God had created it. I was 7 years old and a million years old at the same time. An hour or two passed before the adults called me back to humankind.

That snail was my teacher and a personal friend. I honor my friend the snail by putting a little snail on many of my art quilts.

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