A Poem by Mechtild of Magdeburg

A fish cannot drown in water
A bird does not fall in air.
In the fire of its making,
Gold doesn’t vanish:
The fire brightens.
Each creature God made
Must live in its own true nature;
How could I resist my nature,
That lives for oneness with God?


About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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6 Responses to A Poem by Mechtild of Magdeburg

  1. RevDrKate says:

    It is indeed. Thanks.

  2. Sherry says:

    What a perfect answer to all those who have the “true” faith and seek to force it on others who see it differently. Thank you.

  3. Barbara B. says:

    dang i like it too! 🙂

  4. PK says:

    This is so true… yet how can we teach that our true nature longs to live in oneness with God?

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