“It’s beautiful.” Make the comment about fall foliage in New England and everyone agrees. Have you ever found someone who didn’t? I bet not. During my walks this past week I’ve been thinking about beauty and the idea that there is universal agreement that sun on the turning leaves is beautiful. 100%. Nobody neutral. There are other: sunrises and sunsets; sun on mountains. All from nature, all with sun. All exuding silence, solitude and simplicity.
Undisputed beauty generates from beyond the senses, beyond what my eyes see and what my mind can choose. It comes from deep inside where God (Truth, Soul, the Ineffable, our core, our essence, the Holy) is. Call it what you will, that place and part of us beyond the senses and intellect where the Good resides.
The universal beauty is from God. God’s creation without human meddling or fixing up. God’s creation is beyond judgment. “Be still and know that I am God.” Start with praise for God’s creation. Fall foliage reminds us to do just that. So do sunrises, which is maybe why I have over one thousand beautiful, unique sunrises on my computer and why I miss the cottage by the sea.
One more thought: sun…son..light…Jesus: I am the Light of the world.