29. On Wonder (shooting star)


In our second fortnight, we have been focussing on how the sense of wonder affects our contemplations. Instilling our prayerful thinking with awe is a good habit to get into, as it constantly reminds us that we are dealing with heavenly things, even in the every day.

It transforms something quotidian into something magical, something ordinary into the extraordinary. There is, for the contemplative, truly nothing boring. There is always some wondrous thing to be seen or found within everything, even if it is something we have constantly before us. This wonder is crucial for learning to see with new eyes.

Sometimes, that seeing requires a little effort, or a slight tilt of the head, or a whoosh of the camera, as in today’s photo, where I moved as I took the shot of this blanket, so that I ended up with, not a picture of a piece of fabric, but a photo of a shooting star. Some might call this foolishness, but for those of us swimming within the mystery of God, foolishness too is something to aspire to.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

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