Wonder: How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?
This is an interesting question for me. When I think of wonder, I think of God, and when I think of something ongoing pertaining to wonder and to God, I think of the Holy Spirit.
Honestly, I don't know where I'd be in my life or in my ministry these days without a firm belief in the Holy Spirit and her work. (And yes, to me, she is a distinctly feminine force, to the point that when I see hymns that talk about the Spirit and call it "him," I think, "Who are they talking about?")
I love the days where I feel a sense of wonder--I strive for it to be every day. I love to get goosebumps when someone tells me an almost unbelievable story that can only be true if I believe in the Holy Spirit and the mystery of God.
I have learned more about wonder since becoming a pastor but also since becoming a mother. I try not to rush past the wonder that my children share with me when they see something that, to me, is ordinary, but to them is extraordinary.
Whether it's a train for my son (a real, live, moving and chugging and whistling train!) or the cat and her soft fur for my daughter, these everyday objects are where the wonder is. Isn't that the truth for those of us who are "grown-ups" as well? I believe that the more we cultivate wonder in the ordinary, the more it finds us, in both the ordinary and the extraordinary.
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