I think it is time for refreshment and some beauty in our lives. We are so constantly caught up in the pandemic news, that it easily brings our spirits down. So, let’s lift them today. Despite the chaos of COVID-19, we are still held “in the palm of God’s hand.” And God’s hand embodies creation and beauty. God loves beauty. I remember studying one book in a course I was taking at The Atlantic School of Theology – a big, heavy textbook written by Alastair McGrath and not an easy read – but this one section equated the beauty of God as worship of God. And I really responded to that. The section was honouring the beauty which God provides in art, music, nature, whatever pleases our senses, sight, smell and touch, and the chapter honoured God’s delight in beauty. God created beauty for God’s enjoyment and our enjoyment. We see beauty in all creation. Beauty surrounds us everywhere. Wherever we look.
So today, whether you’re inside your house or outside on a walk, will you look for something which speaks to you of beauty? It may surprise you, you may need to pick it up, hold it, smell it, play with it, listen to it, it can be something you’ve seen over and over again, but you never really paid much attention to it. Look at everything. Look at it as if God just created it. Peer at things as if God takes delight in it. We may appreciate something better. However small and minute. (Not the time, something tiny.) But you can look at your watch, too, if you want to.
I’ve included a poem which is different but fun. Its author expresses the beauty of God in his own way, utilizing a tricky rhyme scheme. I appreciate its beauty.
“i thank You God for most this amazing” by E. E. Cummings
i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings:and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any—lifted from the no
of all nothing—human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
And in closing, listen to Elvis Presley sing “One Pair of Hands” which will certainly uplift you with its beautiful lyrics and pictures (thank you, Parkview member, for sending!). And didn’t Elvis have a beautiful voice? I hadn’t heard his voice in a long time, but it is really beautiful.
Embrace yourself in God’s beauty and have fun today. Go explore! Blessings, Rev. Mary