Emotions Part 7: Reverence, Awe (畏敬) 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

In this final part of my emotions series, I will talk about reverence, or awe.  In Japan, I think this emotion is usually missed at Christmastime.  Most Japanese Christmas parties, are a little wild with firecrackers, costumes, cake and champagne.  Chicken from Kentucky, and Christmas cake.

Most Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas, with a special church service, the singing of hymns, or attending a nativity play.  All experiences that fill you with an emotion of reverence.

Church ready for a Christmas service
Christmas Candle Service
Typical children’s Nativity Play.
Typical children’s Nativity Play.

So here are a few English phrases about reverence and awe.

  1. The Christmas service filled me with a deep reverence.
  2. The first Sunrise of the year filled me with awe.
  3. I was awestruck when I held my grandson for the first time.
  4. You children must sit reverently until the church service has ended.
  5. We need a president with a greater sense of reverence for the constitution.

Today, I will stop at five phrases.  This ends my series on emotions.  I will take a brief New Year’s break, and be back around the middle of January.

I want to thank all of you for a wonderful year, and wish you all a Merry Christmas and an awesome new year.

Here are a few final photos of my Christmas.