“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:24
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death...Death is swallowed up in victory.” – 1 Corinthians 15:26, 54
"The greater the sin, the greater the mercy, the deeper the death and the brighter the rebirth.” - C. S. Lewis
"This story...has the very taste of primary truth." - J. R. R. Tolkien

Monday, October 19, 2009

Be Alive to Reality: Everything That Exists Is a Miracle

Everything that exists is a miracle – it is a miracle because it exists. And what’s sad is that we go about our day to day lives as if there was nothing out of the ordinary. We take not only our relationships and joys and daily bread for granted, but our very world. We take this reality for granted, as if it is simply…what one would expect. But reality itself is extraordinary! What could be more unexpected than existence? What could be more surprising than this world, than the fact that we find ourselves in this world and not another? What could be more stunning than the five fingers on your hand, simply because they are there. Do you ever think, “my God, I exist!,” “Good God! This blade of grass, with such perfect form and texture and color – it is just what it is and not something else! What a miracle!” Hardly anyone does. It’s as if we were walking around the world blindfolded, because to take the existence of anything for granted is to blind yourself to the glorious miracle of its being – the fact that it is there just as it is, when it might not have been.

And what would happen if we took the blindfold off? What would happen if we opened our eyes to this remarkable reality? Perhaps we could learn to gasp not only at a gorgeous sunset, but at the light spot the sun makes behind a cloud on a rainy day. Perhaps we could learn to wonder not only at that but at each raindrop as it falls, so perfectly formed – a tiny bead of water falling from the heavens. Even the rust on a car door, with such exquisitely detailed texture, even the crumbs on your empty plate, so stunningly unique in form, so amazingly particular in the way they are arrayed against their background. Take nothing for granted, but instead, be alive to reality! Train yourself to see all things as miracles…

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