What To Do with Beauty?

Inspired by the words of Robert McAfee Brown and Sean Dennison

Cape Breton. Image by Karen G. Johnston

Cape Breton. Image by Karen G. Johnston

What to do with beauty?

or joy, for that matter —

in the midst of tragedy,

of violence, of cruelty?

 

What do we do with the living?

 

Give each their due.

Do not lose ourselves in any of it,

but find ourselves anew.

Bees on thistle. Image by Karen G. Johnston

Bees on thistle. Image by Karen G. Johnston

Where there is beauty,

amplify it.

Where beauty is hidden,

reveal it.

Where beauty is ruined,

restore it.

Where beauty is absent,

create it:

This will be our gift to our aching world.

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8 Responses to What To Do with Beauty?

  1. Steve Lieman says:

    Lovely! Thank you. Your gift to this aching world.

  2. Rocky Sandy says:

    Your gift to this aching world.
    We are all called.

  3. Dody Hudson says:

    Karen, beautiful important words!

  4. Kathryn says:

    Perfect.

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