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星期二早上,我从原来的木板位置抬头看见了一只海豚。然后是另一只海豚。只是他们的背鳍从水中冲出,然后消失,然后再次陷入。在我推车道之前的二十四小时,被捆绑在九度风的情况下。现在我穿短裤和一件 T 恤,在俯瞰着海洋的甲板上运动,被棕榈树遮荫。本周我得到了在佛罗里达州租了一个地方的朋友们那里的巨大热情好客礼物,就在海滩上。在第二次疫苗剂量过去两周后,我感到足够舒适勇敢的机场和飞机在这里旅行,沐浴一些急需的阳光和温暖。但是我在这里重新发现的不仅仅是阳光和温暖。我经历过很长时间没经历过的事情 — asombro。Wonder.Cecilia González-Andrieu 出版了一本我长期以来一直喜欢的书:艺术作为美的福音。你可以想象,这是一本漂亮的书。周二早上,当我坐在躺椅上时,看着太阳升起,我重新读了这些话:“如果没有能力认识到真正的美丽,我们就不能哀悼它的缺失,因此错误或罪恶变得难以识别,更不用说反对了。找到一些非常美丽的东西就是唤醒我们的爱。这是奇迹所取得的独特作品。“将 “奇迹” 一词翻译成西班牙语的许多可能方法之一是 asombro。当有人是 asombrado 时,有一种理解,有些东西对他们采取了行动,并且有反应,他们已经变成了充满奇迹的生物... 当我们成为 asombrados 时,我们不再能够坚持控制和无所不能的幻觉。我们变得很小,并承担了我们充满敬畏的应对措施的特点。” 疫情对我们来说已经发生了很大变化。在我站在海面前,对一只鹈鹕飞过去感到高兴地笑起来之前,我才能说出这些变化之一,就是我们生活的扁平化。越来越困难 —— 尤其是随着冬天的来临 —— 要有时刻、经历、对我们采取行动,使我们脱离自己,让我们充满奇妙。我们的日子是如此常规,如此单调。我们的世界是如此小而且有限。一方面,在不确定的季节,这种例程可能是一件好事。但是它没有什么空间成为 asombrados。我们需要 asombro。查尔斯·泰勒在他的《世俗时代》一书中写道,无论是否宗教的所有人,都有生活可以也应该拥有丰满和丰富的感觉,与这种丰满有关,我们有三种方式生活。我们在奇迹的时刻,敬畏的时刻,让我们感到满足以及与世界和我们的上帝和平相处的时刻,我们有力而深刻地体验到它。我们在缺席的情况下体验到它,从那种丰满中流亡,感到漂移,我们的生活充满了 ennui。我们以中间的方式体验它,通过我们的日常工作,娱乐和家庭生活的日常生活,总的来说感到满足,快乐和好。但是,他说,这种中间方式至关重要的是感觉或信念我们正在保持流亡/恩努伊,并且偶尔会出现的丰满和完成的经历所鼓励。要充满奇迹,就必须保持下去,给予一份指导我们平常日子的礼物。冈萨雷斯-安德列厄说,奇迹唤醒了我们去爱。我会说(而且我想她会说),这是另一种说法,让我们与神建立关系,从而使我们彼此建立正确的关系。听 Barber 的 Aadagio in Strings 在耶稣受难日服务期间在黑暗中演奏的奇迹。在你最喜欢的乐队的音乐会上与其他一千名粉丝一起唱歌。当你最喜欢的足球队在短短几秒钟内获胜进球时尖叫和哭泣。越过马拉松的终点线。在巴士站向陌生人提供雨伞时,从咖啡店窗口观看。抱着一个新生婴儿。参加圣餐。站在海边看海豚六世纪神秘神秘神学家伪 Dionysius 谈到美丽:“美丽将所有事物结合在一起,是所有事物的源泉。这是一个伟大的创造事业,通过他们内心渴望拥有美丽而拯救世界并保持所有事物。” 美丽 — 奇迹 — 将我们拉出自己,并将我们引向上帝。如果我们更多地关注我们对美丽的需求、渴望,世界将是一个更美好的地方 —— 在教堂、国会山上、我们自己的家庭里。如果我们成为 asombrados。如果我们生活在我们充满敬畏的自己的特征中。我们可以做很多事情,即许多这些引起敬畏的体验现在不可能。但是,能够说出这种损失的名字,确定在过去一年中出现的所有许多情绪的背后,是从那个充实的地方,来自那些持续的奇迹经历的整体流亡感,对我来说是有帮助的。而且要为自己申明,对丰满的渴望是好而重要的。所以,称我为反叛分子,但我今年不会为 Lent 放弃任何东西。我们已经放弃了差不多了,非常感谢。相反,我要去寻找奇迹。为了美丽。我可以随时随地。坚持这份能维持我信仰的礼物,让我放心神的存在和善良。我的 Lenten 祷告将寻求成为 asombrado。

Laura de Jong

Laura de Jong is a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church. After seminary she served as the pastor of Second CRC in Grand Haven, Michigan, before moving back to her native Southern Ontario where she is currently serving as Interim Pastor of Preaching and Pastoral Care at Community CRC in Kitchener. 

8 Comments

  • Daniel J Meeter says:

    So good as usual. Thank you. “Lost in wonder, love, and praise.” St. John’s gospel calls Our Lord’s miracles “signs and wonders.” Not proofs of power to close debate, but wonders to open us up for light and life and love. And how close is wonder to worship. Worship has to have something of wonder in it, to keep it open, and to welcome love. As to the dolphins, do you know J. J. von-Allmen’s marvelous metaphor? The church is like a whale. During the week it’s down deep in the water of everyday life, in mission, service and obedience, but on Sundays the whale comes up for air, as the church comes up for worship. to open itself to heaven and the air. Your post is so suggestive and generative, so many thoughts arise. Going to Florida is certainly a good way to have a “holy Lent.”

  • Alicia Mannes says:

    Thank you!

  • John Kleinheksel says:

    Thank you Laura!
    From Grand Haven to FL in 24 hours is awesome.
    Loved your evoking of beauty, wonder, and mystery.
    I really chuckled when you wrote you weren’t giving anything up this Lent, that you’ve given up enough already! Makes my abstinence from ice cream paltry by comparison.
    Love Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Yes. Asombrado to all!

  • Henry Baron says:

    Your post reminded me of Keats’ “Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all you know on earth, and all you need to know.”
    Beauty, Truth – they generate the wonder that makes for asumbrado.
    Thanks, Laura.

  • Sheldon Starkenburg says:

    I’m not in Florida (unfortunately), but stuck in the deep freeze of Iowa. But last night as the temperature dropped again, a light dusting of snow came down. It was the kind of snow that falls only when it is cold, and suddenly the whole landscape was transformed with sparkles. It was a moment of wonder, even in Iowa.

  • Dan Vander Ark says:

    Well-done. It reminds me of a line from Gerard Manley Hopkins: “Give beauty back, beauty, beauty, beauty, back to God, beauty’s self and beauty’s giver.”

  • This is wonderful, worth saving for reading again and again. I think asombrado is what we feel when we are graced with a flash mob performance!
    Thank you for putting your experience into words.

    • Lois Sanchez says:

      I really liked this from the blog to the reactions. I copied the whole thing, but just can’t find a way or where I can save it.

      Until I saw this yesterday, I totally forgot it was your birthday!

      Also when I read the blog, I thought it was one of your writings, but I did a double.
      take and rechecked the author. I also thought it was too soon after your surgery.

      I hope that you are feeling well and getting your perky-ness back!

      I’ve checked with my doctor and my therapists, and they all think it’s a good idea to have this kind of device, mostly to keep my body moving .

      While I’m here I can use the Nu-step, having an aide to walk me over to the bike and later walk me back to my room. I would like to do that. Obviously I wouldn’t have that for home. So I think you can hold back on that for now.

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