The Revs. Smiths’ Message for August 23, 2020

Bob and three of his siblings are keeping track of their walking during this pandemic. So far, cumulatively, they have walked 5,463 kilometres, which, as one of them has pointed out, is the straight-line distance from the front door of the home they grew up in in Cambridge, ON, to Gretna on the border between Scotland and England.

Walking is a great way to savour God’s summer. It gets us outside. It is relatively easy to physically distance. And a good walk is full of nature’s surprises.

Two people walking on a path in the Ashuapmushuan Wildlife Reserve, Quebec, Canada. Image author: 0x010C.  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International. Taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

However you go about savouring God’s summer, here’s a blessing to take with you on the way, from Meister Eckhart, a German theologian and mystic from the fourteenth century:

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 time with the tiniest creature,
even a caterpillar, I would never have
to prepare a sermon.

So full of God is every creature.

Revs. Bob and Helen Smith

This message first appeared in the August 21, 2020, edition of Tidbits.