I saw the One who is sitting on the throne, holding to his breast what looked like a lump of black and filthy clay as big as a human heart, decorated with precious stones and pearls.Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard of Bingen was a Renaissance woman in the 12th century. Such a thing was hardly possible. But she did it.
An aristocrat and an abbess. A composer and an author. She wrote “A Book of Simple Medicine” as well as four books on animals, three books on gems and metals, and two books on plants and trees.
She also saw visions that she wrote down. Centuries later, she was named a doctor of the church for her contributions to the understanding of theology.
This particular vision shows God the father clutching a filthy piece of clay that represents all of us. We all know what the filth is. It’s all our terrible decisions and selfishness. The pearls and gems are the souls that Jesus reclaimed.
When you are struggling over a loved one whose is lost, remember that God is clutching them tight to his chest.
A movie about Hildegard is available on Amazon Prime for free here.