Of spider webs and the design of Life

Our first and most important relationship is with God. All other relationships radiate from this primal connection.

The summer that I turned twelve was the first time I ever watched a spider weave its web. As my mother and I sat on the dock at sunset, enjoying the quiet beauty of the afterglow and its reflection on the peaceful inland lake, we noticed a spider weaving its web between a post and a piling. It was a web that's made in the familiar cartwheel design: the radial threads running from the center to the circumference, and the connecting spiral threads running between them.

We certainly had front row seats for a performance I've never forgotten. Since that time I've observed many of these lovely, functional creations with interest. Recently, as I walked out our front door, I noticed a large orb spider weaving this familiar design between the honeysuckle trellis and the corner of our house. You guessed it—of course I stopped to watch! But this time the execution of the design seemed to carry a message, a lesson. I felt as if I were watching the drawing of a graphic illustration of relationships as they are set forth in Christian Science. A marginal heading (that had caught my attention before) from Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy came to mind, and it really lighted up. It reads, "Some lessons from nature."

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