I Am Involved in Mankind

I Am the VinePhoto: Mitch Teemley

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee”
~John Donne

There is also a bell that tolls even before the loss of physical life, one that tolls for every soul that is lost. The souls not just of terrorists, traffickers and rapists, but of those outwardly decent people, religious or irreligious, who began to die the moment they became disconnected from their Source.

For at the very foundation of Donne’s words are Jesus’ words that we are all branches, not merely of an inanimate mass, but of a living Vine. And when any of us becomes disconnected from that Vine, from our Creator, our soul begins to die.

We’ve all seen broken branches that still have green leaves, perhaps even bits of fruit formed before they broke away. And yet we know these are only echoes, fading snapshots of a life that was. Some can be saved, regrafted to their source, others cannot.

People, too, can retain the appearance of Life, but be cut off from their Source. So let us care enough to look close, to watch for the vital connection, not just the outward appearance. For the loss of every life—and every soul—diminishes me. Therefore, God grant that I may remain involved in mankind…

At every level.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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25 Responses to I Am Involved in Mankind

  1. So true. Those who are the closest are so easy not to see. Like we have the wrong glasses on. Thank you for sharing.☺

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  2. aaordona says:

    Excellent reflection on that passage from John.

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  3. Well said, Mitch. “Our hearts are restless until they find rest in God.” Augustine

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  4. revruss1220 says:

    AMEN, brother. Awareness of that connection is – I’m afraid – far too rare today.

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  5. #hood says:

    john 40 says to stand on the word, if you believe, eagle soar wings, as a behemoth.


  6. Matilda Novak says:

    Thank you Mitch, for this excellent, Convicting reminder.

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  7. Abe Austin says:

    That imagery of a broken branch appearing alive but dying without connection to the source is very powerful, Mitch. Lessons of truth are to be found everywhere.

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  8. Amen, Mitch. Great message! God bless!

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  9. Tiffany Guy says:

    Love this! Awesome truth here!

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  10. Ann Coleman says:

    Thanks for the timely reminder!

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  11. I loved the vine analogy. So poignant!

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  12. LaDonna Remy says:

    There is such a deep resonance with truth in your post. And, as you share it it stirs in us. Thank you for this beautifully written reminder. Especially at this time in our world. ❤

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  13. gpavants says:


    God help us stay connected!

    In Christ,


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  14. I love the connection of these two different quotes.

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