By Christopher Simon
Love All of God’s Creation
“Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand of it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Love all of God’s creation, even that which seems unlovable. It’s easy to love kittens and bunnies and roses and rainbows. But, we have trouble when it comes to loving the cockroach or the rat, or the stench from the sewer. But, that stench is God’s creation too, microscopic life doing exactly what God created it to do. That doesn’t mean you want to bathe in it.
The stench may be nature’s way of telling us to keep our distance. There may be good reasons why we are naturally repulsed by spiders, snakes and other venomous critters. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t love and admire them on some level. Most of us will never have the same warm fuzzy feeling for a rat, a bat, or a snake that we will have for a kitten, but that doesn’t keep us from admiring the amazing way in which bats navigate their environment or the amazing way in which rats have managed to survive despite our best attempts to wipe them out.
All of God’s creation is lovable, every grain of sand and every creepy crawly thing and every prickly plant and every form of radiation. We should strive to love all of God’s creation without bias.