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I have begun Chapter One of Brians book "We Make the Road by Walking" - It's called Awe and Wonder. It's been difficult not to forge ahead because it's just so easy to read.
Here are points from his "Engage" section at the end of the chapter:
- What one thought or idea from today's lessons especially intrigued, provoked, disturbed, challenged, encouraged, warmed, warned, helped or surprised you?
- Share a story about a time when you most felt the humble awe and joyful wonder described in this chapter. (If you don't have the book, he is talking about the goodness of creation as it was intended - so if you have a story to share about a time you felt humbled by the beauty of creation you would like to share - please feel free.)
- What is the most beautiful place you have ever seen? What was so special about it?
- This week, choose one facet of creation that you love - birds, trees, weather, soil, water, light,... etc. Observe it, think about it, learn about it whenever you get a chance with this question in mind: If that element of creation were your only Bible, what would it tell you about God?
Q.2 is a no-brainer for me. This is emblazoned in my memory as the only time that I thought "if I died right now, it would be OK".
I was 16 and had gone to the stables to head off on an "outride" with a bunch of other horse fanatics. I was ahead of the pack by quite a way, and went on to the beach. As I arrived through the bush and onto a dune, I looked out over the bay. The sea was almost glass, the breeze so gentle that the wild grass just danced slowly with it. The sand seemed whiter than white and the sea bluer than blue. The sky seemed bigger, the sun felt warm on my face and the wispy clouds just hung there watching us. There wasn't another soul in sight and not a sound that didn't belong there. It was just me and the horse. I felt like I couldn't breathe for fear of breaking the moment.
It wasn't long before the rest caught up and the spell was broken - but even writing this makes me feel a little teary because I can still remember how incredibly small I felt and how incredibly beautiful it was.
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I will be thinking about / making notes on Q.1 as I read and will blog them and Q.4 next week before we start the next chapter. I think I will meditate on trees since I find myself falling in love with the forest more and more. Q.3 needs some thought.
|Creation sings. |
Taken on Earth Day 2014.
If you have a story to share, or anything you would like to comment on regarding any of these Engage Points, please feel free to share them in the comment section below. (Remember to ask to be notified if anyone comments after you so that you can continue the conversation!)
Enjoy the read & meditation time this week.