"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly." – G. K. Chesterton

The Holy of Holies

Elder father, though thine eyes
Shine with hoary mysteries
Canst thou say what in the heart
of the cowslip blossom lies?

Smallest of all lives that be,
Secret as the deepest see,
Stands a tiny house of seeds
Like an Elfin’s granary.

Speller of the stones and weeds,
Skilled in nature’s crafts and creeds,
Tell me what lies in the heart
Of the smallest of the seeds.

God almighty and with him
Cherubim and Seraphim
Filling all eternity.
Adonai Elohim.

– G. K. Chesterton

I remember that this was one of the first Chesterton poems I ever read, though I’d read several of his books before that time.  His ability to tie together a profound idea in simple yet highly poetical language, use perfect rhyme and meter, and wrap it up in a small but memorable package amazed me then.  It still does.

We tell children that “God is everywhere.”  It is a shorthand for communicating a complex theological concept in a way that young minds can understand, yet at the same time it is the truth.  Matt Groening needles this idea by suggestings that children should ask, “If God is everywhere, is He in the toilet?”  Well, here’s the answer: yes.  God is in the toilet, in the bowl and in the tank, in the pipes and in the valves.


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