It’s strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you.
~John O’Donohue from Anam Cara
We must learn to acknowledge
that the creation is full of mystery;
we will never entirely understand it.
We must abandon arrogance
and stand in awe.
We must recover the sense
of the majesty of creation,
and the ability to be worshipful in its presence.
For I do not doubt that it is only
on the condition of humility and reverence before the world
that our species will be able to remain in it.
~Wendell Berry from The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays
How did we come here and how is it we remain?
Even when the wind blows mightily,
the waters rise,
the earth shakes,
the fires rage,
the pandemic persists…
~we are here, granted another day to get it right. And will we?
It is strange to be here,
marveling at the mystery around us –
recognizing we are the ultimate mystery of creation,
placed here as its witnesses,
worshiping in humility, with reverence and obedience.
We don’t own what we see;
we only own our awe.
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