Everybody needs beauty...places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.
~ John Muir
All along the way, throughout our lives nature is teaching us. If we have eyes to see and hearts to experience what is happening all around us, then we can come to understand nature’s lessons of comfort and hope.
As one moment moves in and through to the next, we can watch and find reassurances from what is always all around us. There is comfort for me in knowing that as summer has given way to fall, and now as fall is moving into winter; we have been taught throughout our lives that in due season we will come again to spring. We just have to wait. And remember. And believe. As time passes, we are reminded of changes happening within and round about us. These lessons can be as gentle as a leaf falling to the ground, or as harsh as a hurricane. In and through it all, we watch the sun go down and wait in hope that the sun will rise again tomorrow morning.
I've known times in my life when I honestly thought my heart would stop beating. Times in my life when grief was so strong that I couldn't see beyond that single moment, let alone on to the next one. I’ve known times when my loss was so desperate that I believed the world had stopped turning. All along the way there has been strength enough for me in knowing that grace and mercy can find us at the most unexpected times. I can honestly say that time and again I have been found by the whispering of the wind, by a cloud in the sky, or by lovingkindness standing under the stars.
In those moments when you feel you're about to lose hope, may you be reminded of something beautiful that has been here companioning you all this time. May you see a color that catches your eye and tenderly holds your heart.
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan (now a freshman at Guilford College) and Sam at sophomore at DHS in Decatur, GA.