“Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary” (Psalm 96:6).

Beauty energizes one’s soul.

Mountains with fresh-fallen snow: streams of water winding through lush, green, tree-lined banks. Quiet lakes with loons gliding in the water, calling out plaintively. Saturate your eyes with the beauty God created for us to enjoy, and you will become quiet and your soul will be filled with praise to our Creator.

Babies learning new things and giving us a big smile because they know they have accomplished something amazing. Children laughing and running after butterflies or looking for small mushrooms in the lawn or making snowmen or snow angels. They all bring magic and joy into our lives.

Eagles and hawks soaring and sweeping overhead. Little birds busy eating out of the birdfeeder or bathing in the puddles. We watch, we laugh and we feel good. We are satisfied because God is so generous.

Sun rays shining through the beveled glass on a front door creating rainbows on a tiled floor — just for a few seconds, but so beautiful — and you take time to admire God’s handiwork.

One flower blooming in an otherwise dreary street. Observing an act of kindness toward a harried mother or frail person. All of this is from God.

Today, take the time to notice beauty and thank God for His gift to us — it is all around us.

Father, thank You for creating so much beauty. It is all around us. Open our eyes and ears that we can see and hear. Amen.

by Katherine Kehler
used by permission

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