394. Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~Albert Einstein

He prayeth best, who loveth best all things great and small;
for the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet

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There’s simply never a shortage of “beasties” on Texas soil especially when the temperatures are on the rise. And so for some time now “things great and small,” lovable and loathsome, have been on the move in the water, in the air, and on the land. Some float, some flutter, some fly, some are slow, some are fleet of foot, some feed on the earth’s grasses and some crawl, slither, or graze in them. The good Lord saw that all He made was good, and I know He loves all that He made, but being the less than perfect mortal that I am, I struggle with loving and seeing the good in “all things great and small.” The fact that spiders, snakes, and “skeeters” bite and can kill has always had a great deal to do with my distaste for earth’s not so charming creatures. However, when I became an avid gardener, I began realizing more and more the intentionality of all that God made. Working the soil helped me see the genius of the “string of life” that connects everything together in a beneficial series of interdependencies. In light of such revelation, slowly but surely, I’m learning to be more tolerant of the earth’s less endearing creatures.

How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom You made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. When You send your Spirit, they are created, and You renew the face of the earth. ~Psalm 104:24, 30 ✝

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you save, you heal, you restore, and you reveal Your Father’s heart to us! You have captured me with grace and I’m caught in Your infinite embrace! Like Saint Hildegard Lord, may I too be a feather on your holy breath and spread, like seeds, the gospel abroad.

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8 thoughts on “394. Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~Albert Einstein

  1. always a good reminder that we do share this earth of ours and that some, not I say some, of those creepy crawlies have very important roles in our lives 🙂
    Cheers Natalie as I swat those skeeters 😉
    Hugs and love—Julie

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    • I swat the skeeters and the flies too. In fact, my youngest grandson, Joe, and I were having a conversation about what God could have been thinking when He created those things just this last weekend. Hugs, Natalie 🙂

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    • Nor I! The slithering snakes are the hardest for me to wrap my love around, as it were. And the spiders aren’t much higher on the list. Oh well, I won’t bother them if they won’t bother me. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

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      • We just happened to come across a small snake yesterday in a yard, where we are doing weeding for a couple. My husband likes those guys, I mean snakes, and he picked him up and I asked him to please remove it and place the snake far away from me. They make me jump..Like you I’d rather keep a safe distance from them…

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  2. He prayeth best, who loveth best all things great and small;
    for the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all.
    (Coleridge)
    Amen.
    Much heartache involved, however.

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