A Spiritual Exercise: Wonder and Appreciation

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Imagine a small child with a birthday or Christmas present. Excitedly, the child tears off the wrapping paper to discover what’s inside. Eyes widen and a shriek of joy is heard as the new toy is revealed. Perhaps she hugs her new golden-haired doll, or he starts pushing his toy truck across the room.

That’s a simple picture of the sense of wonder and appreciation we read in the Psalms:

We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near. (Psalm 75:1)

You are great, and do wondrous things. (Psalm 86:10)

[I will] tell of all Your wondrous works. (Psalm 26:7)

For this exercise, imagine yourself as that child, excited to receive so many gifts from God: health, family, friends, a roof overhead, a beautiful world—the list is endless. Get excited as you unwrap each one in your mind’s eye and experience anew the wonder of each particular blessing. Tell God “Thank you!”

Text courtesy of Activated magazine. Used by permission. Image designed by Freepik.

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