“All Shall Be Well, and All Shall Be Well…”

“He [God] shewed me a little thing, the quantity of an hazel-nut, in the palm of my hand; and it was as round as a ball. I looked thereupon with eye of my understanding, and thought: What may this be? And it was answered generally thus: It is all that is made. I marvelled how it might last, for methought it might suddenly have fallen to naught for little[ness]. And I was answered in my understanding: It lasteth, and ever shall [last] for that God loveth it. And so All-thing hath the Being by the love of God. In this Little Thing I saw three properties. The first is that God made it, the second is that God loveth it, the third, that God keepeth it.” 

“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”

These quotes are from an anonymous young woman we call Julian of Norwich, living in 13th century England. While ill, she experienced a series of visions, which she then tried to put into writing. Her efforts became the book Revelations of Divine Love. The overarching message of her writing is the infinite, longsuffering love God has for Creation. I find myself thinking of these quotations often.

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