December 11 Friday Wonder
As the years fly by – years that for me are mostly filled with mundane concerns like buying groceries and regulating the government securities market – and as I “know” more and get farther away from childhood, the sense I feel slipping away is not vision, or taste, or smell, but my sense of wonder. Every now and then it seeps back in. As for many, a good sunset or staring into night sky can do the trick. Billions of galaxies, each with billions of stars, is one thing. But marauding holes of gravity so powerful that not even light can escape? What’s up with that? Certain passages of music – it can just as easily be Debussy, Earl Scruggs, or the Beatles – also make me scratch my head over how humans can produce something so transcendent. Still, these moments of wonder come fewer and farther between, so I give thanks that every year I get to experience the most wondrous wonder of them all – Christmas, and the story of how a little baby born in a manger could be the one to redeem all mankind. “…and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” (Luke 2:18) Me too. Let’s all try to find wonder in each and every day, and keep Christmas in our hearts all year long.