Living as a creature means knowing you are dependent on a Creator. Which is not obvious if you have been taught all along that you are your own creator. We used to talk about someone being a “self-made millionaire”; these days we are told we can be entirely self-made, reinventing ourselves from scratch. But creatures don’t decide who they are, what they look like or what kinds of character they have. Creatures are what they are. Some of us spend a good deal of our lives coming to terms with ourselves. But the endpoint of every creaturely life is gratitude, a deep sense that everything has been gift.