So many ugly, difficult things in the world this week have made me sad:
The teenage acquaintance of a friend ended his life. Politicians using a dire humanitarian situation as an opportunity to spew hatred and sow discord. Another act of domestic terrorism, this time a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. Careless damaging words strewn across social media, particularly on friends' pages. Rapidly growing cancer in the body of a friend.
It's weeks like this that tempt me to despair and wallow there. There is SO MUCH bad in this world.
And yet, it's times like these that I hear a constant Whisper in my spirit reminding me that hope and beauty abound even more...if only I have eyes and a heart to see them: This week, I've seen beauty in:
A tree refusing to surrender its leaves while laying down a welcome carpet of gold.
A magnificent rose-colored sunset following days of torrential rain and dreariness.
Where are YOU seeing beauty this week?
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." -- Romans 15:13