I look, this day, to Your Beauty, and not to my troubles or failings. For all the shadow and weight of them, they truly are but dust beneath Your Feet. But upon this dust, You stand so tenderly; there is nothing so lowly as to escape Your notice and care. Even in my moments of most flagrant doubt, or lost in the sick, unconscious patterns of my woundedness; Your Mantle of Compassion gently enfolds me with unflinching Lovingkindness and Assurance.
I feel this Gift in my marrow today, and in the deepest center of my spiritual being; that Your Beauty is the beaming forth of the Radiance of Absolute Love; Love that birthed and breathed Eternity; Love that birthed and breathed my soul; thinking it worthy of form and earthly experience, and purpose; to dwell for a while in this majestic realm of earth, sky, and sea; to be a reflection and channel of Your Virtues in this fallen world.
But this task can only be fulfilled by keeping my eyes and my heart set on You, and not falling into pits of self pity, or loathing, or despair. And so I am thankful for Your Beauty; so irresistible as to lift my gaze, and Your Goodness; so pervasive as to overlight all that is dark in me, and ultimately even to shine through my fragile life in subtle rays and ways which may show evidence of Your Grace, bring Hope to others, and perhaps somehow contribute to the Healing of the world.
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As I began reading, “Lord Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” began to play in my heart and I was singing as I finished reading. Thank you for this blessing as I prepare for the church Session (board) meeting in a few minutes. Pray for us as we depart early tomorrow morning for Mobile where Denise’s former mother-in-law (Betty) who is family to both of us is hospitalized and not doing so well.