We see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. Our five senses give us impressions of the world around and within us. The results can be pleasing or offensive. Sometimes we receive impressions beyond the normal scope of our senses. Such experiences can fill us with awe.

An impression of awe can seem both blissful and fearful. It is strangely exhilarating, agreeably disturbing, and outside the normal. No wonder we associate awe with an experience of the divine. Awe gives us a deeper awareness of the immediate presence of God.

We all remember occasions when we have touched, and been touched by, God. An encounter with divinity immeasurably enriches all life. We feel the wonder of a birth, see the beauty of a living being, or know the ecstasy of love. Such moments may indeed be rare, but their influence lasts a lifetime.

Robert Maclennan in Emotional Wisdom