Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.
And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.
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There is a blessed simplicity in the faith of the ancient holy ones. Their understanding of knowledge of the world and the stars in their courses was limited in facts but dazzling in imagination and wonder. Their faith grew from a basic principle that they knew they didn't create life or everything that sustains it around them. They sublimely recognized there was a power greater than themselves and gratitude was the best and only response to that discovery. We have more facts now. But we aren't any smarter. Actually, we may even be dumber. Every time we walk by a tree without acknowledging the magnificence of it, we diminish our capacity to live. Any piece of food we put in our mouths without considering the remarkable journey of how it got there robs that moment of nutrition for our souls. Any encounter we have with another human being without standing if only for a second in museum-hushed reverence of the great artwork of all time, we are prisoners to our own arrogance. So what am I saying? Hug a tree? Pray over your food? Treat other human beings with humility and kindness? Give thanks? Could it be that the joyful life God offers to us in love is that simple? We don't need to abandon our intellect. We need smarter hearts.
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Grant us wisdom to honor you, O Lord, and all that you have given us. Amen.