My Octopus Teacher

This documentary is a wonderful example of how creation is drawn into relationship. We are created in the image of God to be in relationship with one another and the creation that surrounds us.

The filmography left me in awe as it takes the viewer to the wonders of the ocean. The majestic nature of the filming is a beauty that cannot be simply viewed above the water. Craig Foster’s revelation of the life in the depths of the water is one that few will see in a lifetime. There is a respect that is built and you can see his deep abiding love and care for the world that surrounds him.

The gift of being able to learn from creation in the most unlikely of creatures is an opportunity that can draw one closer to the divine. Foster, referring to the octopus, says, “What she taught me was to feel. . . that you’re part of this place, not a visitor. That’s a huge difference.” Isn’t that what we all want? To feel part of something and to be alive and whole. For Foster to welcome us into his world requires vulnerability and he does it magnificently. The realization of this world also speaks to the call for action on climate change.

This documentary will leave you in awe and pull on some of your heartstrings. It is one to return to time and again to realize the connection of all in creation.

By Alex Steward

I am a husband, father, and pastor within the ELCA. I did not grow up in the church and thus come at this pastoring thing with an unique perspective.

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