… to feel in the rush of the passing…

You may have noticed that I updated the photo in my blog header this week, by adding some words from a favourite quotation. Or, maybe you didn’t notice. Either way, I’ve decided to include a fuller version of it here. I think it’s exquisitely beautiful, thought provoking and massively challenging.

Something to ruminate over on a Sunday.

“Awe is more than an emotion; it is a way of understanding, insight into a meaning greater than ourselves. The beginning of awe is wonder, and the beginning of wisdom is awe.

Awe is an intuition for the dignity of all things, a realization that things not only are what they are but also stand, however remotely, for something supreme. Awe is a sense for transcendence, for the reference everywhere to mystery beyond all things. It enables us to perceive in the world intimations of the divine, to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance, to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple: to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal. What we cannot comprehend by analysis, we become aware of in awe.”

Abraham Joshua Heschel 
Who is man?
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