Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Awakening We Seek (#SmallWonder Link-Up)


#SmallWonder friends - I set the linkup to automatically post last weekend since we were out of town, but it didn't work!  I missed connecting with you all. Today I'm re-posting something from October, 2013, back when the twins were just two years old and we were living in a small rental apartment and waiting to find a home.

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To see the world in a grain of sand,
and to see heaven in a wild flower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hands,
and eternity in an hour.
- William Blake

The whole world is dripping and gray; water runs through the streets and pools in the Quick Stop parking lot across the road.  In this light, the apartment walls are dingy, ashen, crisscrossed with shadows.  Every corner of the house is filled with piles; it feels like the stuff in our house is also pooling together mirroring the puddles outside.  Here I sit, waiting for a miracle that will move us into a brighter space.

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The twins threw noodles down through the cast iron vent in the floor the other day, noodles from a box they scrounged from the pantry and tore open like the little wild things they are.  Laying on their bellies now, peering through the grate that leads to the basement below, they're pleased and excited to recall where the noodles have gone. 

"Hot-hot," they exclaim, "Noodles!"

Everything, to them, is an exclamation point, everything extraordinary - the sun, the clouds, the rain, the discovery of their own shadow following their every move.  In their eyes all the world is a miracle, the finite infused with the infinite.  To us, they are the miracle, these little beings whose minds see no clear divide between the ordinary and extraordinary.  I envy their capacity for wonder, their openness to the love of what is.

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All our lives, I think, are spent seeking an awakening, a return to that same unity of vision.


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Welcome to the #SmallWonder link-up.  


What if we chose to deliberately look for small moments of wonder, the small sparks of presence, of delight or sorrow, of true humanity in which we meet God?  


That's my proposal - that we gather here each week to share one moment of Wonder from each of our days.  You're invited to link-up a brief post about a small moment of wonder.  Don't worry if your post is too long, too short, or not just right - you're welcome to come as you are.  


While you're here, please do take a look around and encourage at least one other blogger with a comment.  Thanks for being part of our community!  

8 comments:

  1. I love how those little ones add those exclamation points. I have a 20 month old grandson and he's constantly doing that - moon, hot-hot, no-no.

    Thanks for the link-up.

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    1. Oh, I love their little words too. So fun. Thanks for linking!

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  2. OH, the days of the continual exclamation points! I still see that when all four of my boys get together and run like a pack. It's fun now, and I laugh about it, but I can remember (about ten years ago when the pack ran all the time) feeling as if I was the only one who didn't get the joke.

    Really enjoying Chicken Scratch!

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    1. Hmmmm . . . makes me wonder where all the exclamation points go as we get older. Thanks for being here, Michele.

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  3. We missed you too, Kelly! I love this post... and yes, where do all the exclamation points go?

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  4. I've been out of town, too. Glad to be back and linking up with all of you! Children bring such a necessary and wondrous perspective to our world, don't they? Thank you for sharing a bit of that wonder today, Kelly!

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  5. Seeing through the eyes of a child brings back our own childlike vision. Thanks for reposting this, Kelly. Just as good the second time around!

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  6. Just love when you write about the little ones, it brings me back to those days of wonder with my son, how I love learning from those cuties..I'm always chuckling imagining your household, entertaining and surely a spiritual practice.

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