How Beautiful!

Weekly Devotional – Wednesday, July 8, 2020

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the one who brings good news – who announces peace, and brings news of happy things, and proclaims deliverance, saying to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’” [Isaiah 52:7-10]

How beautiful! We have spent five weeks immersed in the beauty of God’s creation, of humanity and all creatures small and great. The natural world is indeed beautiful, if only we would simply enjoy it. Marveling at the amazing features of a humming bird paused in mid-flight and the majesty of snow laden mountains. Enjoying the mysterious depths of the oceans and the diversity of its sea creatures. Beholding the preciousness of new life and the wisdom of sages. “How beautiful we are,” says the psalmist when we are fully alive to this beauty in our world as messengers of good news, of peace. Yet, peace is a choice for us. The poets and artists over the eons immersed in the natural world remind of this through their creative forms. Poet Wendell Berry writes, “So, friends, every day do something that won’t compute. Love the Lord. Love the world. Work for nothing. Take all that you have and be poor. Love someone who does not deserve it.” Berry knows that our well-being is intertwined with all of creation. Or as poet Mary Oliver reminds us, “You, too, have come into the world to do this, to go easy…” Do our feet bring good news to this beautiful planet we are a part of? Are we God’s emissaries of healing and wholeness and peace?

Prayer

O God, your creativity abounds and I am thankful for the moments when I am fully alive to the exquisite beauty of all that you have made. May this beauty spark a deeper compassion within me for being a messenger of peace with my very life. Amen.

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