Beauty: “Singing with Grace”

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A friend posted on Facebook, asking what we would like people to say about us after we die.

I would like for people to say I reflected beauty in my life.

God is beauty.  His creation is splendid.  His order is pristine.  Since my first days of faith I have loved the verse, “One thing I ask of the Lord.  One thing I seek.  That I may dwell in house of the Lord all the days of my life.  To gaze upon His beauty.” (Ps 27:4

I came across this verse in Colossians that inspires me and sums up what I want to be:  “singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”  Col 3:16

This verse means my heart can sing with the grateful knowledge that God is favoring me.  It means that His grace is a part of me, at my very core.  That at the deepest level I fellowship joyfully with Him.

Singing with grace in my heart.  Living in beauty.

It is walking in trust and reverence, in the calm awareness that the matrix of the day is ordered by God.

It is believing the best of others:  “Love is patient.  Love is kind… It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”  (I Cor 13)

It is seeing each person as someone of infinite value.

It is slowing down enough to thrill at the symphony of creation.  Each tremble of a leaf in the wind, each bright color of flower, each bird call is sacred.

It is, as the Word states in Colossians 3, clothing myself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, putting on love over all, peace ruling in my heart, the word of Christ dwelling in me richly.

It is being poor in spirit, meek and broken, my spirit thirsting for the meaningfulness that is the Lord, saying, “I’ve seen you in your holy place.  Beheld your power and glory.  Because your love is better than life, my lips will tell your story.”  (Based on Ps 63.)

It is pouring out myself to others.  Jesus said of the woman who broke the alabaster jar, “She has done a beautiful thing to me.”  (Matt 26:10)  Even in Christ’s death, there was an amazing beauty that spoke of immense love and the promise of regeneration.  The same is true for our sacrifices:  “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”  (John 12:24)

Lately I’ve been listening to movie soundtracks.  The songs are rich, full.  They masterfully illustrate the emotions of life — the highs and the lows, triumph and loss, excitement, tension, conflict. They are epic.

To me, walking with God is like walking with a magnificent soundtrack.  Walking without God is like being in a silent movie.

I want to live a life of beauty, resonating with the epicness that is God, in quiet awe, in faith and trust, in utter gratitude, knowing I am adored, proclaiming his majesty in ever increasing discovery, welling up with love for others, giving them hope and transformation, leaving behind me a silver trail of acts of kindness.

What can describe this better than Isaiah 61?

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,

because the Lord has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim freedom for the captives

and release from darkness for the prisoners,

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

and the day of vengeance of our God,

to comfort all who mourn,

and provide for those who grieve in Zion—

to bestow on them a crown of beauty

instead of ashes,

the oil of joy

instead of mourning,

and a garment of praise

instead of a spirit of despair.”

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