Pastor Mike McClenahan continues the message series, For the Life of the World, with Part 25: Wonder—Wondering Wanderer.
Key Idea: We live in awe of God's creation.
Key Verse: The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. Psalm 65:8 (NIV)
Key Passage: You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations. The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing. Psalm 65:5-13 (NIV)
Transcript of Poem:
Beauty is the word that shall be our first. Beauty is the last thing which the thinking intellect dares to approach. Since only it dances as an uncontained splendor around the double constellation of the True and the Good and their inseparable relation to one another. Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the ancient world refused to understand itself. A word which both imperceptibly and yet unmistakably has bid farewell to our new world—a world of interests, leaving it to its own avarice and sadness. No longer loved or fostered by religion, Beauty is lifted from its face as a mask, and its absence exposes features on that face which threaten to become incomprehensible to man. We no longer dare to believe in Beauty, and we make if it a mere appearance, in order to more easily dispose of it. Our situation today shows that Beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do Truth and Goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance. We can be sure that whoever sneers at her name—as if she were an ornament of a bourgeois past, whether he admits it or not—can no longer pray, and soon, will no longer be able to love. Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988)