I must admit how much easier it is to see God’s glorious creation when I am out in the country on a spring walk than when I’m in the city crossing the street on a winter’s day. Spring blossoms are God’s creation par excellence, with no intermediary other than perhaps a gardener. When I walk I clear my mind of the chatter, take in the beauty, and as I say, “Walk around with God.”
Another post on my cottagebythesea blog, and then a few added comments.
“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.
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Here’s the prayer story behind the duck, cats, butterfly, chickens and lizard that I wrote about yesterday on my cottage blog. It all started along the Arno when I met a stunning duck parading up and down along the wall. Before I knew it I thinking about St. Francis: ‘Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.’
As I continued on across the Ponte Vecchio, spirits lifted by the presence of St. Francis, I knew that I’d see more animals, two at least, maybe three. But then they kept coming, St. Francis’ energy flowing between us. No fear, up close was safe.
Then to top it off, as I made my way to San Miniato, I noticed a church on the path. A simple church, the Church of San Salvatore al Monte, a Franciscan church, of course.
Today while I was on the Isle of Mull being grateful for God’s creation, my suitcase was delivered to my hotel. I may write more about the experience of dealing with a lost bag for an entire week while on vacation, for now here are a few thoughts about it. First of all, I am very grateful to have the suitcase in my possession. Second, I found traveling light to be very freeing; part of me doesn’t want to open it up. Finally, it never occurred to me to pray that my bag would not be lost, nor even that I would even get it back. Um, much more to ponder.