In the spiritual life we choose to contemplate the mystery of the Triune God who creates and has entered into our history to reconcile the world through his mighty acts of salvation culminating in Jesus Christ. Contemplation is a prayerful pondering of the mystery, a wonder, a sense of astonishment and awe before the glory of it all. . . . It differs from mediation, which is the search for God. . . . It is a real, genuine, internal delight in the story of God’s rescue of creatures and creation. This delight in God expresses itself in the worship of God translated as a love for the story, a love for life, a love for this world. Delight is the hope that swells up within us because this is such a good story.
-Robert Webber, The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2006), 20-21.