September 9


Today's quotation:

Love all Godís creation, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of light.  Love the animals, love the plants, love each separate thing.  If you love each thing you will perceive the mystery of God in all.

Feodor Dostoevsky

Today's Meditation:

How do you love a grain of sand?  How do I love the curtains that are hanging in my living room?  Perhaps the key to this is looking beyond the things themselves and seeing the purpose they fill and the processes they've gone through to become what they are.  If we can do that, we can see how they fit into the world and into our lives.  If we can see that, we can love them for exactly what they are.

There is so much more to life than what we see that it's impossible to start to comprehend it all.  But the trees in my yard and along the street definitely are producing oxygen right now, the very gas that allows me to continue to live.  Sand used to be stone, and over millions of years it's been broken down into smaller and smaller pieces, and now it often acts as a wonderful filter for water flowing through it, among other things.  Some plants need sandy soil in order to be able to grow and thrive, so without the sand we wouldn't have nearly as many plants in our world.

I'm not sure how Dostoevsky would define the "mystery of God," but I'm pretty sure that he would acknowledge the omnipresence of God in all that there is.  If God is the power behind the universe-- its creation and its continued existence-- then loving all that we see may help us to see that power reflected in all that there is.  And once we can do that, we're closer to understanding the mysteries of life and seeing all of the answers that surround us all of the time.  Our love can unlock many mysteries, but until we see love as an active process, the doors will stay closed. 

Questions to consider:

Can you love a rock?  How about the blacktop that makes up the roads you drive on?

How would people treat you if you started talking to them about loving grains of sand?

Why might we want to perceive the "mystery of God in all"?

For further thought:

If religion commands universal charity, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to forgive and pray for all our enemies without any reserve; it is because all degrees of love are degrees of happiness, that strengthen and support the Divine life of the soul, and are as necessary to its health and happiness, as proper food is necessary to the health and happiness of the body.

William Law

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