Beauty is not a distraction from the troubles of the world. We are here not to protect our hearts from breaking—a broken heart is full of beauty.
Frederick Buechner said, “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”
It’s the terrible things that put the beauty in sharp relief.
My message to you is to allow yourself to see that beauty,
to find it,
to create it amidst the reality of our world,
to treasure its fleetingness and let it go.
It’s a way to survive;
it’s an act of rebellion, to see this true beauty around us.
May it be so.
Adapted with permission from the sermon “Nurturing Beauty,” delivered at First Parish in Malden, Massachusetts, on May 22, 2022.