I haven't been able to work up too much enthusiasm for a tea post in the past couple days.
I've always wanted this blog to be a place of beauty, a respite from the stress of daily life, a place where the beautiful matters . . . So forgive me if I open the door a little, and allow some of the very real ugliness, the very real evil of the world, to seep in through the crack just for a moment.
I can't get this picture out of my mind . . . 21 Christians kneeling, waiting to be beheaded by ISIS terrorists.
Anything I would show you in the way of pretty teacups or flowers or lovely books seems somehow so trivial in comparison.
It seems wrong to be enjoying a cup of tea, sorting through makeup, and planning a new wardrobe for when I reach my weight-loss goals, which is what I was doing when I heard the news, and to share all that shallow stuff with you.
So there's a lot I could write, but I'll just leave it at this.
Daily life is full of an embarrassing amount of trivia, but there you are . . .
We also pray, we love, we forgive, we sacrifice, we do the best we can and then try and do a little more.
And we remember, even after this latest atrocity in a whole string of horrific atrocities, that the beautiful does matter . . . it is infinitely important. The warm smile of a good friend, a gorgeous sunset, the sacrifice of a husband taking care of his wife with Alzheimer's, freshly fallen snow sparkling in the sunshine . . . even a cup of tea shared with a friend, chatting about a pretty shade of lipstick.
The most real things in life are the most beautiful; courage and grace and hope and faith. You saw it on the faces of those 21 martyrs. Look at them again. They were beautiful.
And they are now with the Author of beauty Himself.
I want to have eyes to see beauty in all its manifestations, to hold it up in defiance of the evil that surrounds us, to have the courage to cling fast to Beauty like those martyrs did.
Yes, our world leaders need wisdom. They need our prayers. We have a lot of work to do, and we will need courage. But we rejoice in knowing that Beauty and Truth and Goodness will win; has already won.
Sharing today with Sandi.