Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Touch of Beauty

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Perhaps this is another task of a lifetime - to learn how to see rightly and to feel with the heart. We can attest to the immense beauty that lies within a glorious explosion of color in nature, or in the intricacy of a blossom. Beauty abounds and punctuates our day if we but notice it, but that is through visual perception. What is the touch of beauty?

Surely each of our senses can perceive beauty; it is not the exclusive purview of sight. If we did not have sight, would we not experience heightened awareness through other senses? How does beauty feel? Let that thought resonate during the day and see what comes to mind. Share your thoughts if you wish and add to your own list.

Lord, enlarge my heart and mind to hold within as much of your beautiful world as I can experience today. Teach me how to feel with my heart. Let me stop and notice gracenotes of beauty in unexpected places. Amen.

(Photo by Prentice Stabler, Chattanooga, TN)

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