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Discovering Beauty


Never lose an opportunity for seeing anything that is beautiful;

For beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament.

Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower,

And thank God for it as a cup of blessing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I've been away. A thousand miles away. In the Rocky peaks of southwestern Montana.  

Traveling across varied landscapes has always heightened my senses, both physically and spiritually. The drive through North Dakota alone, with its vast sunflower fields and arid, untamed badlands, initiated that stirring in me.

Then, O the mountains! Majestic. Mighty. Moving me to tears.


It wasn't difficult to spy the fingerprints of God in places such as these. God is in the grandeur. He is grandeur itself. You could hear His name thunder in the roar of a mighty waterfall.


Yet, in the midst of such magnificence, God's handiwork could also be seen in the minutest details. 

Sprinkled on every hillside, in every meadow and along every hiking path flowers of every shade, scent and hue elicited a song in my heart that broke forth on my lips. Yes! The hills were truly alive with the sound of music! (Though others along the trail who heard it may not have called it such.) 

But, the thing is, you really needn't have to travel to find beauty. Beauty is all around us.  

In fact, beauty is in each one of us. I became keenly aware of this as we met folks coming and going on our hikes in the hills. Every man, woman and child we passed, or stopped to chat with, whether they realized it or not, was exquisitely crafted in the image of God. (Genesis 1:27). They were a unique design, a masterpiece of beauty, no less astounding than the mountains, flora and thundering waterfalls around us. Looking into the face of such beauty stunned me. 

I pray that the eyes of my heart will remain on heightened alert now that I'm back home. I pray that I will continue to see beauty in every fair face, in every fair (or cloudy!) sky, and in every flower and count them a cup of blessing from the hand of God. 

And I pray that for you, too, my friend! 

For we are God's handiwork...

Ephesians 2:10

















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    I am currently finishing my degree in relational communications and plan to graduate in the spring of 2020!! I am thankful I have had time to grow, heal, appreciate a slower pace of living, and to invest more time into relationships with family, friends, and God. Through this process I am learning what I want to prioritize in my life and figuring out ways to make that happen. Most of all, I am figuring out that life is all about process, taking steps closer to where I want to be and celebrating the little victories but also accepting that there will be setbacks and disappointments along the way.
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    Sally Cranham is a singer and writer from the UK. She uses biblical narrative and her own experience to write deeply into the heart of the human condition. She currently works as a volunteer for SourceMN as their Arts Outreach Coordinator and has lived as a Residential Volunteer at Source’s anti-trafficking transitional annex alongside women who have come out of the life of prostitution.
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