In hermeneutics, there is the idea of the "first naiveté." This is when you first encounter something and take it at face value. This is often an awe inspiring time. Encountering the ocean for the first time. Snow. Love. Over time, we become used to the initial awe that we felt and begin to examine our encounter more closely. Not only do we see the ocean, but we see the whales. Not only do we see the whales, but we see the difficulties with pollution and encroaching on their habitat. Eventually, we move beyond our first naiveté and make deeper meaning and a deeper connection. When we are able to move into this deeper connection, it is a return to awe.
It seems to me, a return to awe is fully appropriate for a Sabbath activity.
What do you find awe inspiring?
Where are you going deeper?
How are you connecting with the cosmos?