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The Gift of Goose Bumps Psalm 66:1-12

The Gift of Goose Bumps

In an awe-deprived culture, we need more stirring music, inspiring scenery and mighty acts of God.

At a Glance

Studies show that people who are capable of experiencing awe are also more likely to be compassionate and sensitive to the needs of others. Yet, the evidence also points to a disturbing trend: Many people today do not seek the mysterious and those things that inspire awe. We seem to be happy with the humdrum and the mundane. This is not good.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Leper No. 10," November 27, 2003, at

The Grand Canyon.

A hurricane.

The "Hallelujah Chorus."

A starry night in the desert.

The birth of a child.

Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela.

Connect the dots and what do you get? A sense of awe. Each of these persons or events has the power to give us goose bumps.

Awe comes from being overwhelmed by greatness. We feel it when we stand on the rim of the Grand Canyon. When we cower in the basement during a roaring hurricane. When we rise to our feet during the "Hallelujah...

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