I am grateful for the wonder and mystery of life.
The sense of awe I feel when I gaze upon the glow of the moon and the glorious brilliance of a sunset...
...when I stumble upon wildflowers growing in the most unlikely places...
...when I have a random encounter with one the wild creatures with whom we share this planet...
...when I look upon the faces of those who share my life. (It is indeed a mystery why some hearts touch our own so deeply.)
I am in awe of those who can capture such truth and mystery and wonder through the written word, as does Ben Okri in the following. (The photos are mine.)
An African Elegy
by Ben Okri
We are the miracles that God made
To taste the bitter fruit of Time.
We are precious.
And one day our suffering
Will turn into the wonders of the earth.
There are things that burn me now
Which turn golden when I am happy.
Do you see the mystery of our pain?
That we bear the poverty
And are able to sing and dream sweet things.
And that we never curse the air when it is warm
Or the fruit when it tastes so good
Or the lights that bounce gently on the waters?
We bless the things even in our pain.
We bless them in silence.
That is why our music is so sweet.
It makes the air remember.
There are secret miracles at work
That only Time will bring forth.
I too have heard the dead singing.
And they tell me that
This life is good
They tell me to live it gently
With fire, and always with hope.
There is wonder here
And there is surprise
In everything the unseen moves.
The ocean is full of songs.
The sky is not an enemy.
Destiny is our friend.
I'm grateful for unexpected and inexplicable moments that make my heart dance and my soul soar. Grateful for the mystery of God's unconditional love which strengthens and uplifts me and inspires me to love myself and others. Grateful for the wonder of hope which enables us all to endure the painful times in our lives and still be "able to sing and dream sweet things". Life truly is mysterious and wondrous and full of surprises...and isn't that an amazing blessing?
As always, each Friday I invite you to click over to Diana Strinati Baur's blog and check out the other Gratitude Friday Club blogs...