The Privilege of Living
by Helen Lowrie Marshall
Thank God for the privilege of living,
The privilege of breathing the air,
The privilege of being alive in the midst
Of such beauty everywhere!
Thank the good Lord for His mercy
In giving me eyes to see,
A mind to learn, and a voice to speak
And a faith in Eternity.
Thank God for the privilege of living –
For sharing His earth and His sky –
That a gift so rare as the gift of life
Is given to such as I.
There is a field on “my country road” where I walk, wander, sit, pray, cry and breathe in. For almost two years I’ve walked a similar walk and never ventured too far off my path. But recently I’m glad I did. I walked into the next field over and then the next and I found seven beautiful joyful horses. I immediately knew they were special. The first time I found them, the sun was almost setting…the horses saw me and came over to me in a dancing swirling motion and then they all stopped and looked at me. The lead horse kept nodding her head at me, “come and play,” she kept motioning me with her eyes. It took me three visits before I petted the lead horse over the fence. It moved me SO much that I cried. I petted 2 of the other horses as well as they ALL wanted my attention. Again, there are many horses on my road that I walk by and none had ever moved me to tears or begged me to pet or play.
On this visit, I brought my coffee, some apples for the horses, a small quilt and my current read, “Anne of Avonlea” by L.M. Montgomery.
I am more determined to really experience beauty both with the camera and without it on little adventures like this one…(I get so caught up in taking pictures that I’m too excited to sit down, breathe, drink the coffee or read the book! My goal is to change that~!)
“Beauty feeds us from the same source that created us.” -Scott Russell Sanders
“What we find beautiful accords with our most profound sense of how things ought to be.” – Scott Russell Sanders
Within the last couple weeks, God has been showing me truths on beauty here and there in books I just “happened” to pick up at the library. I’ve learned more and more about beauty in the past couple years. I believe I am called to be a seeker of beauty.
In “Captivating” by John and Stasi Eldredge: ” To possess true beauty, we must be willing to suffer….women who are stunningly beautiful are women who have had their hearts enlarged by suffering. They have come to know that when everyone and everything has left them, God is there.” “…we must constantly direct our gazes toward the face of God, even in the presence of longing and sorrow.”
“Seek for beauty and refuse to see anything else.” L.M. Montgomery -I have written other thoughtful posts on Beauty. go HERE for more on “Seeking Real Beauty.”
“…the experience of sorrow in no way diminishes the joy of living. It enhances it. A heart awakened to sorrow is more aware, more present, and more alive, to all the facets of life.” (Captivating)
“Beauty is not a luxury – it is a necessity for the health of body, soul and spirit. Through its presence we come into harmony within our selves and with the wider world. But how do we maintain, or recover, a sense of beauty? The natural world can be our best starting point.” – Robert Sardello
“Beauty in the world is experienced by the individual as a particular quality of feeling that can be described as the sense of our being at home…” – Robert Sardello
“Our hearts need to feed on beauty to sustain them. We need times of solitude and silence. We need times of refreshment and laughter and rest. We need to listen to the voice of God in our hearts as he tells us what we need…” (Captivating)
“Unveiling beauty is our greatest expression of love, because it is what the world most needs from us.” (Captivating)
“When Winter Comes”
by Helen Lowrie Marshall
When winter comes, I shall remember
This glorious day in May
In the chill of life’s coldest December,
I shall be warmed that way.
I shall be warmed by the sunshine
Of a world attuned to Spring;
I shall see apple trees in bloom,
I shall hear robins sing.
No matter how the winds buffet,
No matter how deep the snow,
Life’s beauty outweighs its bitter–
Remembering – I shall know.
I am not coming to any conclusions with all these varied quotes. They all just came to me (in books/magazines) on the same evening I went to the library. I had been struggling with my computer hard drive failing and questioning why I spend SO much time on pictures. I was blessed that most of my pictures were backed up on an external hard drive but for some reason God needed me to see something. All of my pictures remind me of the “real” adventures I have been on; the silence, the smells, the feels. I almost expect you to feel ALL of that when you see my pictures but that is impossible. I implore you to GO into Nature and see the Beauty God has in store for YOU! I believe it is one of the greatest simplest gifts. Seeking and pursuing beauty has shown me that my deepest longings for a perfect “home” is really a spiritual homesickness for Heaven.
“The beauty of God demands a response from us.” -Michael Card
~ Melanie, hoping to someday really “play” with my new horse friends
*please note that I quoted two authors from a magazine called “Orion” and I am mostly unfamiliar with their beliefs but I felt like the quotes were excellent and aligned with other Biblical based studies on Beauty.