Take time to ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty around us

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

In the busy­ness of our lives, do we ever take time to ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty around us? Emer­son told us, “Never lose an op­por­tu­nity of see­ing any­thing that is beau­ti­ful, for beauty is God’s hand­writ­ing — a way­side sacra­ment.”

Yes, the appreciati­on of beauty is a gift of God; we only have to ac­cept it. Who can deny the beauty of a mag­nif­i­cent sun­rise or of an am­ber sun­set — flow­ers in all their ar­ray of ma­jes­tic col­ors — the cres­cent waves of the ocean — the glo­ri­ous strains of melo­di­ous mu­sic — the list is re­ally end­less.

The won­ders of na­ture it­self are free to any­one who will take the time to en­joy them. Pon­der the appreciati­on of the beauty of re­li­gion and our God-given right to wor­ship as we please.

The Babe born in Beth­le­hem, God’s beloved Son — the won­der­ment of Moses’ part­ing the Red Sea. There is beauty in all of God’s cre­ation — and, as the old adage states, “Stop and smell the roses.”

Jacqueline L. Quigley Al­len­town

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