Witnessing the Wonder

Earth Day, 2014! 

Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living.  It is all we can offer in return  for the mystery by which we live.  Amidst the meditation of mountains, the humility of flowers — wiser than all alphabets —  clouds that die constantly for the sake of God’s glory, we are hating, hunting, hurting.  Suddenly we feel ashamed  of our clashes and complaints in face of the tacit glory in nature. It is embarrassing to live! How strange we are in the world,  and how presumptuous our doings!  Only one response can maintain us:  gratefulness for witnessing the wonder,  for the gift of our unearned right to serve, to adore, and to fulfill. It is gratefulness  which makes the soul great.  

~ Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel 

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