Tuesday, July 7, 2009

From Kalyn-I Asked For Wonder

This is from the book I asked for Wonder by Abraham Joshua Heschel and some of my thoughts about it.


"To pray is to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments. Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living. It is all we can offer in return for the mystery by which we live. Who is worthy to be present at the constant unfolding of time? Amidst the meditation of mountains, the humility of flowers-wiser than all alphabets-clouds that die constantly for the sake of His glory, we are hating, hunting, hurting. Suddenly we feel ashamed of our clashes and complaints in the face of the tacit glory in nature. It is so embarrassing to live! How strange we are in this world, and how presumptuous our doings! Only one response can maintain us; gratefulness for witnessing the wonder, for the gift of our unearned right to serve, to adore, and to fulfill. It is gratefulness that makes the soul great."

Each and every day should be a prayer of gratefulness. Each day our hearts should sing their joy at being alive and witnessing this amazing world that our Father has made for our enjoyment. Every day the sun rises is a new day to experience the wonder that is all around us.
As the months and years pass we lose some of that sense of wonder at His creation. After all its just another summer, its just another sun rise, its just another glorious day outside. The things that He created for us to enjoy became everyday things and lose that sense of wonder. But is it them that become dull or us that become unaware of them?
We should be stuck constantly with the majesty that surrounds our every day lives.

"Lord help me to be overwhelmed with gratefulness to You for every thing You have done. You have blessed me so much and given me everything. Help me to be aware of the wonder that You have placed all around me. Help me to be thankful for every thing in life. For each and every little blessing that You have brought into our family. My life is so full of love and life. How can my heart not be grateful for everything You have given me? Thank you!"


  1. Thank you for this post! It is a great reminder and something I am going to meditate on for the rest of the day. It was beautiful.


  2. AMEN! Such beautiful words and truths spilled out for all to taste and see just how good our GOD IS!

    Thanks you!

  3. Shonni- yesterday Rayah said, "Mommy, I miss my friend!" Of course referring to Garrett :-) We were driving to Walmart (a 20 min drive) and she said it reminded her of going to your house :-)

  4. I love this post, thanks for the encouragement! I'm adding you and your wonderful family to my blog reader.
    Jessie at Blog Schmog


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