Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Beauty's Best Bounty

Imagine if we let Beauty have the profound impact on us that it ought to!

Beauty begets worship’s wonder 
spreads a feast of sheer delight 
to the pleasure of sight’s hunger 
and awe’s raging appetite 
where the commonplace is lavished 
with each season’s opulence 
and the human heart is ravished 
with Mercy’s extravagance 
where dear Lord with loving kindness 
overflows earth’s deeps and heights 
with forgiveness for the blindness 
that more oft than not ignites 
fear and doubting’s loathsome bondage 
making beggars of us all 
when we exchange worship’s homage 
for some lesser beck and call 
while the One, forever faithful 
fills the fields of earth and sky 
with Sound Reason to be grateful 
rather than grumble and sigh 
where we, shamefully forgetful 
of love’s track record of grace 
witness Beauty from a gable 
over-shadowed by God’s face 
where, pray beauty will deliver 
an eternal offering 
of true worship to the Giver 
rather than the Gifted Thing

then when we suffer the hours
not so lovely at first glance
we will look beyond crushed flowers
to the Beauty worship plants/grants 

© Janet Martin

You care for the land and water it;
    you enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
    to provide the people with grain,
    for so you have ordained it.[d]
10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
    you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
11 You crown the year with your bounty,
    and your carts overflow with abundance.
12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
    the hills are clothed with gladness.
13 The meadows are covered with flocks
    and the valleys are mantled with grain;
    they shout for joy and sing.

Psalm 65:9-13

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