“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing...to find the place where all the beauty came from…"
- C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces
I took the back way to work this morning. Though a slower route, it was worth it to drive past the beautiful pond and the large trees along the creek. I was captivated by the oranges, reds and yellows of the fall leaves, and the beams of light streaming through the branches. I wish I could've captured it in a photograph, the beautiful flickers of glory, which created in me a longing “to find the place where all the beauty came from."
Advent is a season of longing and expectation. For a month we reflect on the beauty of the Creator coming in the form of a baby. Our expectation leads to reflection on the generosity of a God who would pull back the curtain and give us a glimpse of glory in the form of a child. A child and then a man who for centuries has captured our imaginations and given insight into "the place where all the beauty came from."
During this time of Advent, we not only look back to the beauty of Jesus’ birth, but also attune our eyes to find the flickers of glory in ordinary moments. The everyday act of preparing food becomes a signpost of beauty when I bake alongside my grandmother each Christmas Eve, mixing up ingredients from a 50 year-old pound cake recipe. In creating together, we create beauty. It is our joy, as individuals and families, to participate in traditions of creating beauty this time of year. At Art House Dallas, it is our joy to come alongside artists and support them in their various acts of creating. Would you consider participating with us in supporting these artists (hyperlink to giving page) in the New Year? While there are so many places to give, we would be so grateful for your tax-deductible donations that make it possible for us to equip artists. Artists whose very creations give us a glimpse "of the place where all the beauty came from."
May your heart be full and eyes attuned to the beauty of this season.