Dear God, thank you not only for this amazing creation, but also for the ability to comprehend enough of it to appreciate that it is amazing. The amazing things you have created and ordered give us pleasure — and teach us things too. Thanks!
Thank you also for making your existence so clear to us through this — even though we still sometimes struggle to reconcile the existence of evil and suffering with it. As a first step, I choose to accept that you exist, and ask — because I have chosen to believe that you are listening — that you will make yourself real to me, and help me to understand your ways. Thanks for creating a planet with things in it that can amaze us, surprise us, delight us and excite us.
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