The beauty that is thine in us

trashIf you haven’t yet beheld what beauty, what joyful beauty, the destitute children of Paraguay’s barrios are creating, no wonder you’re having difficulty understanding the Orthodox doctrine of apatheia. When you get a chance, check out the miracle, and as you weep and laugh at the same time, thank God for opening your heart to the undefeatable music of beauty. And while you’re still here on this page, and if the heavy lifting of comments from two posts ago has you worn out, enjoy some more poetry!

Beautiful. So beautiful—
Where ‘ere I look I choose to see
the beauty that exists
in spite of evil that resists
like shadows ‘gainst the rising Son;
they are not real,
no substance have,
are no ‘thing’
and nothing mean.

All that is real on thee depends
and from thy breath of love extends;
With thee infused all is
to thee alone all sends
its praise back.
Beautiful. You are so beautiful,
in all things. I see you in their eyes
and deep within their depths I find
eternal surprise after surprise.

Who can have a fear, fully rested here,
where endless fields are laid before
and all I love with me above;
each one by name in thee restored?
No dream can touch
nor can song match
nor craft enshrine
the beauty that is thine
in us.

(Tom Belt, Iraq, 2008)
(Picture from here.)

This entry was posted in Poetry.

3 comments on “The beauty that is thine in us

  1. Shane says:

    Some great poems on the blog here. Thanks for sharing. And nice work. Also, here are a couple of books you might find valuable per our discussion Monday (though perhaps you’re already familiar with them):

    How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems (Peter Steinke, 2006)–examines congregations as emotional-relational systems utilizing family systems theory (and can also be valuable for understanding church/recovery participants and/in their family systems). When I was at Bethel Seminary, this book was required in one of the spiritual formation courses, and for good reason.

    Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (Peter Scazzero, 2006)–a pastor with a doctorate in marriage and family (along with an MDiv) writing on the integration of emotional health, healing/transformation, and contemplative spirituality–my favorite general recommendation for clients/congregants, especially for those inclined toward “spiritual bypassing.” I threw this book at my director shortly after starting at MnTC a couple years ago, and he ended up having one of our counselors completely redesign the MnTC small groups around it. Critical stuff.

    (And we’ll see if my attempt to hyperlink the titles here bombed or not. If WordPress will let you, you guys might consider adding a “preview post” function to your comments section.)

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  2. Shane says:

    Well, I got most of it right. I forgot to swap in the EHS hyperlink. You can figure it out. 🙂

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