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The still greater mystery February 24, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 4:27 pm

It is sometimes the mystery of death that brings one to a consciousness of the still greater mystery of life. (from Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin)

I normally try not to post quotes from books I haven’t read yet, but I liked this so much I decided to break my own rule (that being a chief advantage of making my own rules).

Death is a very great and terrible mystery and today we are joining many in prayer for the Ross/Bizaillion families as they mourn the loss of one so precious and so young. When I was reading an update on a website about this young mother who passed away this week, I saw a comment from a person about a family who has lost an eleven-month-old to SIDS this week as well.  It seems many are struggling this week with the great mystery of death.

All the more reason for us to celebrate and embrace the still greater mystery of life. I read a quote years ago from Saint Augustine that has stayed with me as a powerful reminder of the wonder of human life: “Men go abroad to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.” (Saint Augustine ) Look at your hands and marvel at the things you can do with them, at the architecture of your feet, the elasticity of your skin. When you hold your babies, listen to their hearts beat and marvel at how quickly they came together so perfectly within the womb. When you go out with friends, watch the power a smile has to transform a face. We eat and breath and blink and dream and itch and think nothing at all about the fact that we are LIVING. Today, just today, take a minute for the wonder of the great mystery of life.

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One Response to “The still greater mystery”

  1. Shanna Says:

    Well said. And beautifully written.


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