The Strange Glory of Ordinary Things

Piper channels Kilby channeling Lewis channeling, I suggest, Hopkins - in the course of which we happen upon a wonderful list of ten ways to revel righteously in the "strange glory of ordinary things." It's a notion deeply consonant with the aims of Wince+Sing. The first three read as follows:

"1. At least once every day I shall look steadily up at the sky and remember that I, a consciousness with a conscience, am on a planet traveling in space with wonderfully mysterious things above and about me.

2. Instead of the accustomed idea of a mindless and endless evolutionary change to which we can neither add nor subtract, I shall suppose the universe guided by an Intelligence which, as Aristotle said of Greek drama, requires a beginning, a middle, and an end. I think this will save me from the cynicism expressed by Bertrand Russell before his death when he said: “There is darkness without, and when I die there will be darkness within. There is no splendor, no vastness anywhere, only triviality for a moment, and then nothing.”

3. I shall not fall into the falsehood that this day, or any day, is merely another ambiguous and plodding twenty-four hours, but rather a unique event, filled, if I so wish, with worthy potentialities. I shall not be fool enough to suppose that trouble and pain are wholly evil parentheses in my existence, but just as likely ladders to be climbed toward moral and spiritual manhood."

See the full post here: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/the-strange-glory-of-ordinary-things