Daily Reflection
November 24th, 2004
Tamora Whitney
English Department
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Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs

Revelation 15:1-4
Psalm 98:1, 2-3ab, 7-8, 9
Luke 21:12-19

“Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God almighty”

In fall especially I’m in awe at the great and wonderful works of the Lord.  I love the colorful leaves.  There is the most beautiful vibrant little red tree down the street. And even after the leaves are down, it’s like walking through crunchy puddles of jewels.  I love the colors and the sounds and the scents.  If someone on the block has a fire going, the whole neighborhood smells cozy.  The seas and rivers and mountains, as mentioned in the psalms, are wondrous indeed, and whenever I travel I am amazed at the wonders of this world, but the ones in our own back yard are no less.  The autumn leaves and even the fields and ditches are bright and beautiful.  The autumn asters and chrysanthemums are just as lovely as any spring flowers, and maybe to be admired the more for their tenacity.

And while the world itself in all its glories is a great and wonderful work, we are the greatest and most wonderful work of the Lord.  This close to Thanksgiving it seems very right to be thankful for the physical beauty around us in nature, but also for every other blessing the Lord has given us.  I know I enjoy my work.  My family is all close and in good health.  I have a wonderful fiancé.  How great and wonderful it is to be surrounded by good and caring people every day and to do important and interesting work.

This amazing world and the people in it are indeed great and wonderful.  All the works of the Lord are incredible.  Not only at Thanksgiving but always we should appreciate what is around us, and thank God who made it all. 


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