I was driving one day this week listening to some music. Among the lyrics I heard the words ‘help me to be grateful oh Lord’.
Prior to listening to these words I remember that I had been preoccupied and felt rushed for quite a while that morning. As I arrived at my destination, and as I was parking the car arriving at CatholicCare at Marrara, the words of that song resonated in me, ‘to be grateful’.
Simultaneously I spotted a child enjoying playing on a piece of playground equipment at the Centre. I also looked at the trees, greenery and flowers, the sparkling light playing amongst branches and the blue sky. My preoccupation lifted up and I felt light of heart and connected.
On Wednesday night this week I arrived at the foreshore near Nightcliff as part of the celebration of Mick Fox’s life, joining other people who knew Mick.
The sparkle of the sea, the gentle refreshing coolness (much appreciated here in Darwin) of the breeze, the smell of the sea, the call of the birds, and hum of life again, filled my senses!
How often do we stay trapped inside of our heads! How often do we become trapped in our tasks and not be aware of life around us!
It is a gift of the Holy Spirit that fills us with ‘the spirit of wonder and awe in the presence of God’.
We live in an amazing world and universe charged with the grandeur of God.
The miracle of birth, love bursting from the eyes and heart of another, the colourful hues of the morning as the world wakes up! The great burst of red and other colours in the sky as night descends every evening.
The moon and glittering stars. Reflecting on the immensity of the cosmos and the amazing miracle of a tiny insect.
The transporting music of great masters, or of a simple peasant music.
The great feats of engineering, architecture, electronics.
So much to be grateful for, so much to fill us with a sense of wonder and awe, and so much more again!
I thank you God for the wonder of my being, for the wonder of all that you have made. For the wonder of WHO YOU ARE!