Seeing the Beauty and Goodness in Front of Us
by Henri Nouwen
We don't have to go far to find the treasure we are seeking. There is beauty and goodness right where we are.
Chattahoochee River, Georgia
Sunset in Auburn, Alabama
Sculpture of my cousin, Corinne
(My favorite sculpture in the world)
And only when we can see the beauty and goodness that are close by can we recognize beauty and goodness on our travels far and wide.
The School of Athens by Raphael in the Vatican
Pietra by Michelangelo in St. Peter's Basilica
The Roman Forum
There are trees and flowers to enjoy, paintings and sculptures to admire; most of all there are people who smile, play, and show kindness and gentleness. They are all around us, to be recognized as free gifts to receive in gratitude.
My wonderful family
My YoungLife team
Mary Hester, me, Meaghan, Jessica in Cinque Terre, Italy
"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting." -Ralph Waldo Emerson