I want to share with you some great insights by theologian Abraham Heschel (1907-1972). Heschel was a Polish-born American rabbi, theologian, and philosopher. After beginning his academic career in Germany, in the late 1930’s Heschel was arrested by the Gestapo and returned to Poland. He escaped to London and then on to the United States, eventually earning his U.S. citizenship and teaching at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.
Heschel wrote on a wide variety of theological topics, and one has a certain expectation that he would be hard to read, complex, too academic. But Heschel could touch the soul of everyone. These days, his encouragement is especially relevant. Below is one passage I especially love.
“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. …. get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is precious; everything is incredible. Never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.”
“Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.”
“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.”