6Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
8Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of theLord shall be your rear guard. 9Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.
This is one of my favorite places to walk by. It is an outdoor staircase. What intrigues me is the natural beauty of the space. Other than the moss, I might be inclined to call the other growth, WEEDS. But in this place, they are not WEEDS, they are new growth in an old staircase. It is a beautiful expression of new growth. It is natural beauty.
What I notice when I look deeply at this picture is that in many yards, the WEEDS would be pulled, the cracks in the stairs would be fixed, and the grass would be mowed. Because we as a society in the big city are yoked with perfection: the perfect house, the perfect yard, the perfect body, the perfect car, the perfect hair style, the perfect pair of jeans, the perfect ___(you fill in the blank)____.
What happened to natural beauty? If we don’t celebrate it in the landscape of our creation, how will we celebrate it in the very blooming of our lives?
Natural beauty is living authentically.
Natural beauty is real.
Natural beauty is accepting one another as is.
Natural beauty is truth
May you celebrate the natural beauty in and around you today. For surely you will be set free from the bondage of expectation and share truth with one another. And upon further reflection, may you see the fingerprints of the Holy One.