So Small in Creation

Inspired by Chet Raymo, “Borne on a sea of vital dust,” The Boston Globe, June 9, 1997. See also his blog at (retrieved September 19, 2013.)

Each of us is host to millions of gut bacteria and airborne microbes! Maybe we are not the only biological species with which God enjoys intimacy, but we seem to be the only species that has forgotten who we are as God’s creatures; the only species that has tried to usurp God’s place, position, power, possibilities, work, and thus the only species needing redemption. Did you ever see an elephant try to be God? Or a dog try to be a man and usurp the role of a human? Does a bird try to be a rabbit? Or a whale a horse? Yet we try to be God.

When we destroy your forests, and lose their secrets of healing,
Your providential penchant reveals new cures in caves
that are more protected against our onslaughts.
You are determined to save us from ourselves.

How long will you redeem us as a species?
Physically we serve as hosts to millions of your bacteria.

 Is this why you let us live?

Creator of the cosmic imperative
toward chemical complexity,
biological bounty, and
vital variety;

Poet of the litany of life,
delighting in life’s diversity,
restoring life’s resiliency,
protecting life’s potential abundance of animation;

When the storms come, is anything lost?
Is it not all restored again to the One – the Oneness of creation, creativity?

Who am I as an individual in the stream of the cosmic imperative?


(c) 1997


About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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One Response to So Small in Creation

  1. Frank Ober says:

    Indeed, Who am I? That is the question. Frank    

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