Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God. Every creature is a word of God. If I spend enough time with the tiniest creature, even a caterpillar, I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature.
I highly recommend this perennial gem of a book. It will give you poignant times of enjoyment year after year.
4 samples of the 25 woodcut illustrations in the book (by David G. Klein) are below:
Gayle Boss website for more info about her and her work.
• Read a sample of the book for yourself here.
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To survive the cold of winter, turtles, being cold-blooded creatures, must sink deep into the darkness of the muddy pond, slow everything in themselves down, stop breathing, and wait. Was there ever a time in your life when you entered a time of unknowing and you had to slow down and wait?
This period takes a toll on the turtle and she must dissolve herself by using the calcium in her bones and shell to nuetralize the build up of lactic acid in her muscles to survive. This is a yearly, instinctual, and natural process. Does reflecting on this shift your perspective on the ordinariness of darkness/obscurity, perseverance, and struggle in your own life? (and in what way?)
Mammals come into a period of hibernation each year in places that have seasons. Have you thought about how or in what way this might play out in your life, because you are also a mammal?
We can become mentally and physically separated from the seasonal, creaturely, and natural world quite easily–even forgetting that we are not just linked, but quite a part of creation itself. If you ever succumb to this, in what ways might this be to your detriment?
Truths in the natural world so often reinforce the truths of our inner world. What was an insight you gained from the episode today that will stick with you? (Or, what lesson from creation continues to be poignant in your life?)
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