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happiness doubled by wonder

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) Happiness doubled by wonder. Thanks as the highest form of thought. What does Chesterton mean? How does this … Continue reading

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What to do when I can’t understand

When I cannot understand anything in the Bible, it seems to me as though God had set a chair there for me, at which to kneel and worship; and that the mysteries are intended to be an altar of devotion. … Continue reading

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What is white for?

I wonder why God thought of white. White sand, so blinding in midday heat that it shimmers as diamonds against a turquoise sea. White swans, glowing, lucent, almost incandescent in winter moonlight, gliding effortlessly over pools of liquid navy. Or … Continue reading

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I wonder if penguins look up?

Taken at the end of a frozen Antarctic winter, this night-sky photo mesmerizes. Most of us will never, in this life, look upon such a spectacular scene with our own eyes. Only penguins and seals and whales live under night … Continue reading

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your first waking moments

What do you do with your first waking moments? Some days we don’t have a choice — a crying toddler stands at our bedside with urgent needs, or we wake to a nurse making her early morning rounds. But, what … Continue reading

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the seahorse – a diminutive declaration

I went with my daughter and her friends to the Georgia Aquarium last week, and of all the displays of underwater majesty there (dolphins, belugas, rays, penguins), I kept finding myself standing and gazing through the glass at the diminutive … Continue reading

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ferns and summer and rays of sunlight

  Summer smells and sounds, summer colors and places and memories. Which, if you imagine your happiest summer moment, come to mind? Do you dream of  a cool haven tucked away in the deep green of a wooded wonderland? Do … Continue reading

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Why is water so shiny?

I wonder why water is so shiny. I don’t mean that I wonder at the physics behind glinting sunlight reflected on a late-afternoon river. I don’t want to understand the formula for the change in the direction of a light … Continue reading

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The worlds Thy hands have made

I gaze, speechless. My pulse quickens, and my eyes well with tears. And as I stare at the images brought us by the Hubble Space Telescope, I find myself whispering, “Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, how … Continue reading

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