There was no debating that WONDER was my oneword2015 – yet confirmation is always welcome!
I am reading Brennan Manning’s Souvenirs of Solitude and chapter 4 nailed it!
St. Augustine in his commentary on Psalm 148, “God is made manifest by the heavens and the earth,” asked, “Does God proclaim Himself in these wonders?” And he replied,
No, all things proclaim Him, all things speak. Their beauty is the voice by which they announce God, by which they sing, “It is you who made me beautiful, not me myself but you.” When do the heavens and the earth cry aloud like that? At the moment you discover what they conceal. It’s your reflection upon them, it’s the attention with which you regard them, that opens their voices to cry aloud, “How beautiful is the One who made us.” Remember Jesus who never ceased to marvel at the beauty of creatures: “See that lily over there, I tell you Solomon in all his glory never looked as beautiful as that.”
In this chapter Brennan was talking about the beauty of the Eucharistic Liturgy and urging us to evaluate the inner attitude of our souls when we go to the Lord’s Table. Is our love genuine and generous? I like that, to love Christ generously. [tweetthis]I like that, to love Christ generously.[/tweetthis]
Lord, I’m not free — but who wants to be?
You’re all that matters in my life.
I don’t want to be free of my hunger for your bread.
I don’t want to be free of my thirst for your word.
I don’t want to be free of my desire for your will.
I don’t want to be free of my longing for your presence.
I don’t want to be free of my need to be taken up, taken over, joined to you.
Lord, may I never be free from wanting you.
Today, I add…I never want to lose the WONDER of being Yours, Abba.
Christine Leeb says
Beautifully written. It is so wonderful when God gives us confirmation about our own visions for ourselves or for our year or for whatever we do in this world. Praying for you to continue to get confirmation on your word: Wonder! And that God would bless you and will fill you with the wonder of Him this year!
Thank you Christine – glad you stopped by today!
Susan, my friend, may you NOT lose any WONDER. Such a beautiful word for 2015. God does indeed show himself in such WONDERful and magnificent ways.
Tara, what a blessing meeting you has been!
Debra Alexander says
And if we ever do get free – we are in true bondage.
Debra, when we finally see Him, we will be totally FREE!
Christy Largent says
Love this Susan! You are so talented – putting all this together. It is a WONDER-filled life for sure.
Christy, I want to coin the word, WONDERfull, this year!
I love the word Wonder…and all the beauty and anticipation it holds.
It is good to stop by again, I haven’t been writing or reading blogs much since the 31 Days series and is so good to be renewed through it!
And, I’ve noticed your absence, Melanie, and am glad to see you back!
What a fun word! I can’t wait to see where it shows up in your year. Enjoying the wonderment of God will be an amazing experience. I hope you share photos when you capture those moments!
Cherie, I do have a new camera so I am going to try to do a better job of photo-taking this year!
Kelly Balarie says
That is right! We are slaves to Christ. We are free from the power of sin over us but we have an obligation and a duty, which is a joy. Much love to you this new year. Thanks for joining the Cheerleading Linkup!
Kelly, glad to be invited to the Rah Rah linkup!
Kitty Lawrence says
Before light this morning I was reading Brennan Mannings’ book, the same one you’re reading. God made His Presence known to me. Glorious. Even in the still of the early morning with a afgan over my knees and His Word filling my soul, His Presence came. Grateful. Always.
And, Kitty, it was WONDERfull!
Kitty Lawrence says
P.S. Thank you Sus for putting words to thoughts & emotions that many of us experience but lack the gift of writing to express them.
There is a song written by the late Dr. Al Smith entitled I have never lost the wonder of it all! There are so many wonders and wonder of wonders he loved and saved me. Thanks for sharing.
Ellen, amen. Nothing to add there!
Ali Battersby says
I enjoyed this blog; thank you
And, I’m glad you stopped by Ali!!!