BLUE ORIGIN AND THE AWE OF LIFE

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Jeff Bezos’s space-flight company, Blue Origin, will soon be taking tourists on a suborbital joyride to 330,000 feet, a ride that can best be described as awesome. This could be good news for all of us.

Awe-inspired people, according to recent studies, are more likely to feel their own smallness and, as a result, greater awareness of a relationship to life and others. Too, they are more likely to be spiritual, generous and content.

Whether oceans, mountains or the vastness of outer space, there is hope to be found in experiencing awe, the encounter with something so vast – in size, beauty or intensity – that it is difficult to comprehend.

Here’s my Take: Most of us will not be able to afford a Bezos-sponsored, awe-inspiring ride into space. We can, however, thanks to efforts like President Obama’s recent set-aside of the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument, find space to ponder the majesty of creation.

Too, I don’t know of anyone who would not rather experience the Holy through a walk in the woods than listening to words about God preached in a building. God is the Awe of life.

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