Meditation by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschell
To Pray is to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments. Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living. It is all we can offer in return for the mystery by which we live.
Who is worthy to be present at the constant unfolding of time amidst the meditation of mountains, the humility of flowers, wiser than all alphabets, clouds that die constantly for the sake of His glory?
We are hating, hunting, hurting… Suddenly we feel ashamed of our clashes and complaints in the face of the tacit glory in nature. It is so embarrassing to live; How strange we are in the world. How presumptuous our doings.
Only one response can maintain us – gratefulness for witnessing the wonder for the gift of our unearned right to live, to adore and to fulfill. It is gratefulness which makes the soul great.
(from the book I ASKED FOR WONDER, a spiritual anthology)