A Heart Opened to Beauty

Roan Highlands, viewed from Flat Rock, Blue Ridge Parkway, m. 307

“O GOD, we thank you for this earth, our home;
for the wide sky and the blessed sun, for the ocean and streams,
for the towering hills and the whispering wind,
for the trees and green grass.

We thank you for our senses by which we hear the songs of birds,
and see the splendor of fields of golden wheat,
and taste autumn’s fruit, and rejoice in the feel of snow,
and smell the breath of spring flowers.

GRANT US a heart opened wide to all this beauty;
and save us from being so blind that we pass unseeing
when even the common thornbush is aflame with your glory.”


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