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Innerweave: The Wholeness Story

By Wil Alexander, PhD Professor of family medicine, School of Medicine
By Wil Alexander, PhD
Professor of family medicine, School of Medicine
Each year about this time, it is evident that there is an unseen power at work in our world. There appears a wee shade of green, a fragile blossom, and an epiphany of new life and growth. As one of my former students in philosophy once commented in a paper on aesthetics written at this time of year:

Sing the pale green song
Hummed by the breath of spring
Deep in our middles there surely must be a response of adoration for our Creator who is in charge of all this resplendence.

Evelyn Underhill speaks about adoration and prayer in this way:

    “Consider for a moment what, in practice, the word adoration implies. The upward and outward look of humble and joyful admiration. Awestruck delight in the splendor and beauty of God, the action and Being of God, in and for God’s sake alone, as the very color of life: giving its quality of unearthly beauty to the harshest, most disconcerting forms and dreariest stretches of experience. This is adoration: not a difficult exercise, but an attitude of the soul…. People who are apt to say that adoration is difficult, and it is so much easier to pray for practical things, might remember that in making this great act of adoration they are praying for extremely practical things: among others, that their own lives may be cleansed from imperfection, sanctified. For all of these are a part of God’s universe…. A spiritual life involves the setting of our will toward all this.”

Take a bit of time soon to just sit in quiet in a growing green place and adore the One who makes His earth and you beautiful this spring.

By Wil Alexander, PhD
Professor of family medicine, School of Medicine

TODAY news for Thursday, April 28, 2008