Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.
Tag Archives: wonder
There are many Facebook pages that give homage to the wonders of science, but my favorite is Science is Awesome.
In a world where people constantly fail to honor the wonder of life around us, the complex mysteries of other human beings, and the infinite miracle of our own bodies, these pages provide a constant stream of opportunities to marvel at the miracle of existence.
When God called himself “I Am that I Am” in the book of Exodus, God claimed existence itself as the divine wonder, the beauty of being as the unknowable foundation. Christ showed us that we didn’t have to stare into the cosmos to see that wonder, that it was right in front of us every moment.
So when I wonder at the posts on this page I am reminded that life is so much bigger than my own little tragedies, that the beauty of all life is an invitation into the divine fullness of our own lives.
In case you missed the fireworks last night or it went by so fast and with so many layered on top of each other that you missed the chance to wonder.
(or if you want to see why fireworks are so closely regulated, check out these geniuses)
The sky is made of steel here
but once in a while
the sun’s diamond-bladed rays
The heart of heaven
bared for a brief moment
to break across
these jagged western mountains;
our silhouettes not even muddying the fringes of her coat
as she leans across the yawning city
to reflect dimly in the windowed towers,
who, with waking wonder,
stop to marvel.
I love poetry and now I don’t have to feel unproductive when I’m reading it!
While I think this is all true and interesting it also makes me sad a little. Poetry is like religion, it serves a definite purpose in our health and lives that we could measure if we wanted. A huge part of that good, though, is that it inspires us to wonder and dwell in mystery. But for the analytically minded who need a reason to get started, here you go! But let yourself get lost in it as soon as you can.
There are perhaps more habitable planets out there than we can count: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/18/us/planet-discovery/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
In a week filled with so much death and violence, I want to stare at the stars and think there is life out there; not that it is better, more evolved, less brutal, but just that it is. I want to know that we don’t suffer alone, and that the suffering of our planet and our race does not preclude the vast wonder of the universe.