THEY ENTER KNOWING

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “The World is Flat” by Thomas L. Friedman.

Today I pray, “Dear God, There is stimuli everywhere. So much so that even a trip to the co-op market has me knowing that there is a Garden-of-Eden-variety for Heaven to view here today. I walk among the aisles and marvel at that which Heaven might be marveling. Sage incense and Nag Champa incense and rosemary-mint and lavender artisan soaps and Tea Tree and Jojoba body oils… and freshly ground coffee beans… and peppers — red and orange and yellow and green — and napa cabbage and parsley bundles and saffron and turmeric… and tulips and seeded eucalyptus and verbena…. Sensory possibilities.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage:

“To learn how to learn, you have to love learning — or you have to at least enjoy it — because so much learning is about being motivated to teach yourself.”
—THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Children enter knowing. And stimuli can help them to forget. And then one day they become 18, 40, 65, 90. And they ask themselves what they have learned in this lifetime. It is less a matter of asking ourselves what knowledge we have attained and more a matter of acknowledging what eternal knowing we have retained.

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