Advent Devotion: "The World in a Grain of Sand"

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour. - William Blake
Blake’s poem depicts the world from this perspective, that is, from the perspective of the kingdom of God. In this eternal present, every being is precious and beloved. Harm to the least creature results in misery and destruction: “a robin red-breast in a cage, puts all of heaven in a rage…” This is the prophetic point of view, which Abraham Heschel associates with the “divine pathos.” The prophet…

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