Pause + Pray

Open to Wonder

Cello and violin musicians


Crumbling sidewalks, musical voices, aromas of fresh food, shimmering shadows, bright colors, and vibrant creatures: So much is beautiful! Beauty is another name for God and each place and person offers us a chance to encounter part of God’s beauty and goodness. What do you notice?


You are alive and present.
I see you in the outreaching trees.
I feel you in the blow of the breeze.
I sense you in the swell of the music.
Thank you for the wonders
of your creation and beauty.
Open my senses
So I am in tune
With your beauty
And can delight and praise you
For your goodness.


Pause and connect to God’s beauty through all your senses. What do you see, hear, taste, smell, and feel that is beautiful? Praise God—God who is beauty.

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1 thought on “Open to Wonder”

  1. There is a lot of beauty in the world, but I’m not sure I’d say that crumbling sidewalks is one of them any more than I would consider litter on the side of the street as beautiful. But then beauty can be subjective, and some artists would go to the local garbage dump and try and make a painting of the thing.

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