Tag Archives: sense of wonder

29. On Wonder (shooting star)

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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

28. Raindrops (sense of wonder)

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A little out of focus, but to me, that just makes them look more like the photo was taken through a blur of tears, which is appropriate since the water drops look like tears on the branches. Even something that reminds us of sadness can be a source of awe, as we meditate on the miracle of water, of emotions, of the freeing, healing grace that can be poured out if the sky really cries.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

 

27. Goldfinches (sense of wonder)

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Colours are a huge source of inspiration to me, as many of you know, and goldfinches a particular favourite bird, for their brightness, their sweet chitter-chatter, and their grace. I am especially wowed by the yellow and the red livery, and by the swooping curve of their flight pattern, which looks like they are making the shape of waves in the air. A sight like this is quite simply, treasure.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

 

26. Hand (sense of wonder)

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I spend a great deal of time propped up in bed, resting or sleeping, and with an extra virus on top of my M.E. I’ve not had much opportunity to take photos out of doors of late. Since the main activities I do manage are praying, writing and painting, my hands are invaluable treasures for which I am hugely grateful and I feel awed by the way they can create and move. Since the rest of me can’t, I sometimes even dance with just my hands! And every time I take notice and remember how blessed my hands are, I can look in awe at them and wonder at the fact that all of us are held within that one, infinite hand of care and loving mercy.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

25. Ice (sense of wonder)

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A change of form, a kind of cold magic, this oh so solid steam; floating island in a shallow plastic tub. The mysteries of ebb and flow, stop and go. In your time, having been a puddle and a cloud, knowing above and below.

Such miraculous transformations all around us!

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017