"And in this, God showed me something small, just a tiny hazelnut lying in the palm of my hand as it seemed to me, and it was round as a ball. I looked at it with the eye of my understanding and thought: What can this be? I was amazed that such a small thing could last, for I thought that because of its littleness it could have easily been destroyed.
And I was answered in my understanding: It lasts and always will, because God loves it; and thus everything has its being through the love of God. In this little thing I saw three properties. The first is that God made it, the second is that God loves it, the third is that God preserves it.
But what did I see in it? It is that God is the Creator and the lover and the protector. And until I am substantially united to God, I can never have perfect rest or true happiness, until, that is, I am so attached to God that there can be no created thing between my God and me."
- Julian of Norwich, from Showings of Love (c.1393)