This the last verse of a poem my father taught me by Oliver Wendell Holmes titled “The Chambered Nautilus”. It is about the spiraling shell of the nautilus that is created as it grows. This metaphor for leaving behind outgrown views and ways of thinking has been a foundation for becoming mission minded as a disciple of Christ.
“Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul, As the swift seasons roll! Leave thy low-vaulted past! Let each new temple, nobler than the last, Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast, Till thou at length art free, Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!”
January 5, 2013