"Believe just this moment that everything is being transfigured for His glory. Every step towards something beautiful already accomplishes something beautiful. Beauty and joy are found in every overcoming along the way.
Only those who believe in the beautiful — can collaborate in the miraculous."
"And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us..." Psalm 90:17
"He has made everything beautiful in its time..." Ecclesiastes 3:11
"The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing." Zephaniah 3:17
"A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory." Matthew 12:20
The crunch, crunch of chains
The rub, rub, whir of tire
A hiccup, pothole
World rushes past
Eyes rest on flower, flight of bird
Showers of liquid sun pebble through tree shadows
Onto my hair and neck
Warm moist air is drenched in scent -
Magnolia, jasmine, roses...
Grey furry Goslings paddle clown-footed
behind their mothers, I pause,
letting this flock waddle by
I would have whizzed past
"not seeing the forest for the tree"
a tree of delicate beauty surrounded by
tall, sturdy pines
Am I this tree?
Or the cultivated tree?
High-maintance tree everyone wants
He may place us
in an obscure, unknown place -
Yet He watches over us.
"Keep me as the apple of the eye,
hide me under the shadow of your wings."
The oyster its pearl
Treasure chest its key
Perfume its cork
Rose its thorn
Eye its lid
Fruit its skin
But if shell is broken
THEN we experience beauty
in all its fullness
Oh to write lyrics
to the birds songs!
See, all the pine branches
like fingers pointing
Yet my finger, uncouth
will darken the white magnolia bloom
Even in this, we are as the
Mona Lisa painting: the "best known, the most visited,
the most written about, the most sung about,
the most parodied work of art in the world."
Kept protected behind bullet-proof glass.
He protects those He loves
In Love, Jesus, our Christmas rose
a tender shoot from the stump of Jesse
Wore a crown of thorns
He bled, wept
He was broken, unlocked
poured out, viewed -
on the Cross
All for LOVE
"Taste and see that the LORD is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!"
He was broken
We eat the broken bread
His blood poured out for us
We drink the cup He pours
We remember He is beauty
Beauty is not beautiful
till uttered, extended and shared
Make our lives beautiful, Lord
"Then the King will desire your beauty.
Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him."
"Give to the LORD, the glory due to his name;
worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness."
As I skid over gravel
park this bicycle
Sigh, gaze into the sky
Creator, Beautiful One!