…. I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you …. may have power, …. to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

 (Ephesians 3:14-19 NIVUK)


Hawks and hummingbirds can keep me amazed for long periods, watching their very different flight patterns. But I’ve never asked, “Do they move their wings upward faster than downward?” That’s a question highlighted in Walter Isaacson’s LEONARDO DA VINCI.

DaVinci wasn’t just a legendary artist, he was extraordinarily curious about all of life. So curiously observant that he noticed the differing speeds of a bird’s wings on the up and down stroke. I’ve never even thought to ask the question.

When I asked a scientist friend how he integrated his cancer research with his practical faith his answer was helpful. “I’m curious about what God’s up to and then I do science. One stimulates the other.”

A healthy curiosity about one another, our world, or the smallest detail in life can generate remarkable creativity in us all. Noticing the small things can make us more present to our surroundings and accessible to God and one another.

A Prayer for Today

O God, release in us the power of your Spirit that our souls may be free to roam your boundless stretches of space. May we soar high like the eagle, see horizons yet undreamed of, glow with fires of compassion, and flow with streams of creativity   ….. For Jesus’ sake

(after #173 Celtic Prayers for Life Today, Ray Simpson, Kevin Mayhew)