Just Look!

Tuesday, April 22

4-22By Joann Condit of Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.

—Luke 12:6 NRSV

We were walking down a long, cobbled road curving around a hill on which perches the lovely medieval town of San Gimignano in Tuscany. Our friend, Dot, joined with Marcia and me just outside the city walls. I found myself, atypically, silent as we continued down the road.

Dot stopped suddenly and exclaimed with excitement, “Look!” I quickly looked up and out at the beautiful countryside spread below us. “No,” she insisted. “Look!” She was gazing, I thought, at her feet, her hands clasped under her chin and a look of intense joy on her face. I could not see anything to cause such delight until she jabbed a finger at the cobbles and said again, “Just look, my first Italian ant!” We indulgently had a good gander at the “Italian” ant before we continued down the hill.

I often think of Dot since that day. I wonder how many ants I have missed in my life by taking the loftier view. Surely, I might have seen a Portuguese ant, and perhaps one from Germany or even China. I might have taken in the larger sweep of countryside and then looked for the tiny mosaics of leaf, flower, and ant that compose the whole beautiful expanse of God’s world. I might find amusement, joy, and excitement, experiencing untold gratitude.

Blue vibration near my ear
dragonfly hovers by
with singing wing.

Deep throbbing in my chest
blue whales have an
ancient song to sing.

From tiny soloist to massive choir,
far-flung spectrum of
Maestro’s creative fling.
—Lu Mountenay

Prayer for Peace
God of all creatures—great and small, God of insects and sparrows, elephants and whales, give us keen eyes for what is at our feet as well as on the horizon. Like you, aware of all needs, may we take on your eyes and see where need exists—see where peace is needed.

Spiritual Practice: Caring for God’s Sacred Creation

Choose a way to notice, give thanks, and care for God’s sacred creation. Walk in nature with a spirit of gratitude while looking and listening for God in all things. Fall in love with the vast, intricate wonder of God’s creation, and give thanks.
Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will look for the small as well as the great.

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1 Comment

  1. Louita Clothier

     /  22 April 2014

    What a wonderful way to begin my day, Jo, to see your name and thoughts on my screen. You remind me once again that when we worship an infinite God who created the great galaxies, that same infinity is expressed by the tiniest perfect wildflower, and even the neutrons and protons, small beyond comprehension. I’ll look out for “Lamoni ants” today.


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