Daily Archives: April 7, 2013

The Great Pyramid and The Smell of Spring

Spring Peeper on a leaf

Today at church I found the following story in the bulletin.  It seems to be all over the internet on inspirational blogs etc. and so maybe me writing about it is overkill, but it really struck me when I read it so bear with me. The story goes…

A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of the World.” Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:

1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.

The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.”
The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”
The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World are:

1. to see
2. to hear
3. to feel
4. to taste
5. to smell
6. to laugh
7. to love and…

The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous! A gentle reminder – that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.

At this time of year we become particularly in tune with those wonders the girl listed.  As we step out our doors we breathe in deep breaths of fresh air and smell that unique spring mixture of thawing soil, manure, and things beginning to grow.  We are greeted by sights of receding snow, birds in the trees, and the budding of bulbs and grass.  More important than seeing them, we hear the birds, the spring peepers, the sounds of children out playing in the yard and speeding by on bikes. We feel the amazing touch of the sun on our faces sometimes with a hint of breeze. We touch, perhaps holding hands with someone for the first time or the first time in a while. We enjoy the taste of fresh maple syrup and look forward to tasting fiddle-heads and other local produce.  We are so much more likely to laugh at this time of year as our hearts lighten after the long winter. Most importantly, we love!

May your love reach out to all you meet in the coming days so that they may also recognize the 7 Wonders of God’s World!

– Quoted here from  http://kanika-sweetzz.blogspot.ca/2013/03/seven-wonders-of-world-inspirational.html#sthash.WSRyFtA0.dpu

The More We Study the Less We Know

Caution Reader

Until the end of last week I was, along with all my other things, involved in taking a seminary course on the book of Matthew. Over the school year to date I have taken two online courses, one an introduction to theology and this one on interpreting the New Testament.  The thing that became most clear is that I know less now than I did before!

How can this be, and why bring it up now?
It occurred to me that people reading my blog may at times mistake me for a person who “knows what she’s talking about.”  In actual fact, while I do know what I have read, heard, learned, and the nature of my thoughts and reflections, I don’t have any previously untapped source of wisdom.  I am not an expert!  Hence the warning, Caution! The writer of this blog likely knows less than you do!

Throughout my courses this year, while working on essays on such weighty topics as Universal Salvation and Matthew’s Theology on Women, I spent a lot of time reading, reflecting and looking for the answers.  Inevitably what I found would be a series of possible approaches, the realization that the topic was too broad for a three page essay, and most of all more questions.  Unlike nice tidy questions like, “where is the Great Pyramid located?” the questions of faith are not to be answered with a correct or incorrect answer.  There is no ‘knowing’ only reasoning, reflecting, and believing.

So, as I pick up my ‘pen’ again it is with greater trepidation than before that I’m likely to get things wrong. I can’t help but wonder if by the time I am ready for ordination I will still be able to put pen to paper at all.