Eugene Peterson observes that we do not live in a culture that encourages wonder. We all seemed to have it when we were children. “The world was new, tumbling in on us in profusion. . . . Words were wondrous. Running was wondrous. Touch, taste, sound. We lived in a world of wonders.”

But wonder gradually gets squeezed out of us. Competency and mastery over ourselves and our environment lessen the wonder. Wonder is not valued in the workplace. “Information and competence are key values here. We don’t want any surprises. We don’t want to waste time just staring at something, wondering what to make of it. We are trained and then paid to know what we are doing.”

How do we recapture that sense of wonder? How can we appreciate God and God’s creation anew?