Are you open to the wonder around you? A group of geography students studied the Seven Wonders of the World. At the end of that section, they were asked to list what they considered to be the Seven Wonders of the World. Though there was some disagreement, these are what got the most votes: The Great Pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon, the Panama Canal, the Empire State Building, St. Peter’s Basilica, and The Great Wall of China.
While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student, a quiet girl, hadn’t turned in her paper yet. So, she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. “Yes, a little,” the girl replied. “I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there are so many.”
The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.” The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are: ‘to touch, to taste, to see, to hear.’ She hesitated a little, and then read, ‘to run, to laugh, and to love.’” That little girl was open to the wonder around her.
A hymn by John Keble has much the same spirit about it. “New every morning is the love our wakening and uprising prove; through sleep and darkness safely brought, restored to life and power and thought…If on our daily course our mind be set to hallow all we find, new treasures still of countless price, God will provide for sacrifice.”
May God grant us the grace to perceive the wonder around us and give us grateful hearts for his presence with us, that indeed we might also be signs of that wonder, to the glory of his Name and the building up of his Church.
Prayer: O heavenly Father, who has filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Daily Message Author: Fredrick Robinson
The Very Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson is Rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota, Florida, where he has served since 1994. He and his wife, Linda, have two grown children, and watching the young people of the Redeemer parish grow from childhood to adulthood, he says, is one of his greatest joys, and one of the parish’s greatest strengths. Under his tenure, Redeemer has added a full-time Youth Minister, an on-staff Director of Christian Education, established a thriving Hispanic Mission, and undertaken many mission trips to the Dominican Republic, helping build new churches and a school in that country. Full Bio
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