Encouragement for the Journey 15 September 2013

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Encouragement for the Journey 15 September 2013

Encouragement for the Journey


Greeting Fellow Traveller,

The theme for our Café Church today is BEAUTY.

Mention the word BEAUTY or BEAUTIFUL and a variety of images may enter our awareness. A quick Google search and I discovered: Beauty may be described as an attribute, a quality or characteristic of a person, animal, place, object, or idea that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction.

If you reflect on a recent particular beautiful experience, how may it fit with that description?

The age old saying ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ well describes an important aspect of ‘beauty,’ for it is always a very subjective experience.

An aspect of beauty, we may forget is when we experience beauty is it is often determined by culture, religion, ethnicity along with social and historical influences.

If you recall a recent experience of ‘beauty’ it may involve you in an interpretation of that object being in balance and harmony. This may lead to feelings of attraction and emotional well-being.

When we experience beauty, something happens inside us, we may feel ‘an inner glow or delight’ a sense of delight of joy. It is almost like we have been given soul food that feeds us in a special way.

Even though our focus is on beauty, we need to remember that beauty is not all brightness and glow. If you recall some words of great poetry or the sounds of majestic music, they are often fused with pathos. This may reflect an intensity of pain and wounded – ness from the inner world of the composer or poet. We may describe this as the beauty of the flaw. For each of us, indeed the whole of creation has its own flaw, through which the light of beauty shines.

In living with your flaws,

may acceptance and compassion

encourage you with peace.

May beauty await you,

offering its delight and joy.