Posts Tagged ‘spirit’

In a World of Awesome, is there Room for Awe?

February 26, 2019

29Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him.   -Exodus 34:29-30

32Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” —not knowing what he said. 34While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”   –Luke 9:32-35

When was the last time you felt the kind of amazement or awe that made you terrified? That was so beyond your understanding of the world that you fell to your feet in wonder and humility?

The world we live in, here in the 21st century, is an awesome place, isn’t it? in the last century we have seen wonders that our ancestors couldn’t even imagine. From sending human beings into space and landing on the moon, to having devices that we carry with us through which we can connect with practically everyone on the planet, to modern medicines and surgeries that allow us to live longer and survive diseases that used to mean a death sentence to anyone who was afflicted, we live in a time of scientific, technological, and medical wonders. Sometimes there is so much to be amazed at it’s a little overwhelming!

That sense of being overwhelmed with all of the amazing things, though, can cause us to become numb to things that are truly amazing.  If we happen to lose one of those marvelous tech gadgets we don’t mourn, we just buy another one. New scientific and medical breakthroughs are treated as ordinary. We throw around the word “awesome” to the point that it has become superficial.

So where in all of our modern day awesomeness do we find room for actual awe? And for us church people, when do we feel the awe-inspiring presence of God? Could this be why so many people have given up on church– we’re so steeped in the awesome (some of which is truly amazing, for sure!) that we’ve lost the ability to see and feel the terrifying, awe-inspiring presence of God? When was the last time you went to church expecting to feel God’s awe-inspiring presence?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

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A Summer Walk Through the Labyrinth

June 10, 2014

As I did in the winter, I took a walk through the labyrinth with my camera on a recent early spring morning.

See “A Summer Walk Through the Labyrinth” at http://youtu.be/RF-dgoNMQP0.

 

labyrinth : round maze isolated on white