All of God’s Creatures

17 Apr

A Time to Live

Melody Hendrix


I am blessed to have Gopher Tortoise live in my yard. They come and go seasonally. I experienced an amazing sight last year that sadly I didn’t have my camera with me, but I must tell the story.

The young female tortoise in the video had just discovered an area in my yard that was full of edible delights. When she was finished eating and returning to her burrow, another tortoise over twice her size had wandered in the yard. When the young tortoise saw the stranger, it immediately ran over to it, lunged and started biting its neck and head, trying to protect her newly discovered food source.



The larger tortoise got a little irritated and pushed her over on her back, then righted her back up again. Still the little female aggressively attacked. So the larger tortoise pushed her over and righted her repeatedly, about 5 times. Then the larger one saw me and ran away leaving the little female on her back. I righted her and sent her home.

I don’t believe she would have been left that way had I not been there. It was only a display of power and not death.  It was an amazing sight for me. I enjoy their presence in my yard. They are ancient gentle souls and so vulnerable in our busy and dangerous world. Below is a video of one of the female tortoises laying eggs in my yard.



Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature. Pope Francis



Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things. Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God. Every creature is a word of God. Meistes Echhart

Jesus says of the birds of the air that not one of them is forgotten before God. How then can we possibly mistreat them or cause them harm?  Pope Francis



We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.  Immanuel Kant

Our task must be to free ourselves…. by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.  Albert Einstein

Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul.  Frances Hodgson Burnett



Creatures will praise God on Earth … I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, and on the sea. Every creature in those places was singling, “To the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise, honor, glory, and power forever and ever.”  Revelation 5:13

God has given human beings all the other creatures for our benefit. We are entrusted to care for the earth and everything that lives on it. We must respect every creature’s goodness and place in the order of creation.

Walk gently upon this earth.


Painting by DiVoran Lites




I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.

3 Responses to “All of God’s Creatures”

  1. divoran09 April 19, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    Oh how wonderful


  2. Rebekah Lyn April 17, 2018 at 9:01 am #

    I have one of these on my neighborhood. I hadn’t seen it in quite a while but it showed back up last week. It is amazing to me how fast they can eat.


  3. Daniel Kemp April 17, 2018 at 5:21 am #

    Such a beautiful article. I thank you for it. 🙂 🙂


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