Wednesday, May 6, 2009

From Kalyn - I Asked For Wonder

From the book I Asked For Wonder, by Abraham Joshua Heschel.

The Whole Wheat of Spirit

"To the pious man God is as real as life, and as nobody would be satisfied with mere knowing or reading about life, so he is not content to suppose or to prove logically that there is a God; he wants to feel and give himself to Him; not only to obey but to approach Him. His desire is to taste the whole wheat of the spirit before it is ground by the millstone of reason. He would rather be overwhelmed by the symbols of the inconceivable than wield the definitions of the superficial.

Stirred by a yearning after the unattainable, a pious man is not content with being confined to what he is. His desire is not only to know more than what ordinary reason has to offer, but to be more than what he is; to transform the soul into a vessel for the transcendent, to grasp with the sense what is hidden from the mind, to express in symbols what the tongue cannot speak and what the reason cannot conceive, to experience as reality what vaguely dawns in intuitions."

Lord help me to be a pious woman. To seek after you with all my heart and to surrender to You. I want to run into your presence and be overwhelmed by You. Transform me into the person You want me to be. You are my everything and the center of my life. You make me whole and in Your presence I am unashamed. Let me enter into Your presence like David did as he danced before You in the streets.

"And David danced before the Lord with all his might."
2 Samuel 6:14

Let us rejoice in You and sing praises to Your name!

"Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all his angels;
praise Him, all his hosts!

Praise Him, sun and moon,
praise Him, all you shining stars!
Praise Him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Lord!
For He commanded and they were created.
And He established them forever and ever;
He gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist,
stormy wind fulfilling his word!

Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
Beasts and all livestock,
creeping things and flying birds!
Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and maidens together,
old men and children!

Let then praise the name of the Lord,
for His name alone is exalted;
His majesty is above the earth and heaven.

He has raised up a horn for his people,
praise for all his saints,
for the people of Israel who are near to Him.
Praise the Lord!"
Psalms 148


  1. My precious daughter, what a wonder you are! How deep is your love and desire for our lord, it brings joy to my heart to see you so deeply in love with Him. Thank you for sharing these deep thoughts with all of us. Daddy

  2. I just came to your blog tonight, and have read several posts. I love your blog, and I especially love this post! I am the mom of Justin, of the "GO" blog, who will be joining you on your trip to Uganda. I look forward to following your blog as you journey, and I am praying for both of you, as well as the rest of the team. I am asking God to use you to be a mighty blessing, and to bless you in unimaginable ways. Go in the strength of the Lord God of Hosts!


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