Beauty in the Garden and Sanctuary in the Home


I often wonder what good it does for me to tend my home and garden when there are other more productive things I could be doing.  The time I spend out in the garden weeding and tending flowers could be used to keep tidier cupboards and the time I spend making quilts and fluffing pillows might be a greater help to our budget if I worked outside the home.  

But then I catch the sun light filtering through the trees and dancing on the water in the backyard fountain as it splashes into the cement bowl or I glance and see someone cuddled in well placed blankets and pillows on the sofa without a care in the world and I remember the value in creating beauty and sanctuary in a world that can be harsh and unwelcoming.  

I love this quote from G.K.Chesterton's book Orthodoxy...

“And last, and strangest, there had come into my mind a vague and vast impression that in some way all good was a remnant to be stored and held sacred out of some primordial ruin. Man had saved his good as Crusoe saved his goods: he had saved them from a wreck.” G.K. Chesterton

We seek and hold on to beauty because the world reminds us what a wreck it is. We seek goodness and justice because life is hard and unfair. We tell a beautiful story because we innately know we were created by a loving storyteller. And we pluck fallen blooms in vessels of water to preserve their beauty as reminder of the world we are destined to.

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared....God himself...will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”...5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:1-5

Never feel the beauty you bring to your home through pretty things or to the garden by way of tending flowers or the joy you bring to a child’s face in the silly faces you make are unimportant or insignificant. These are beautiful remnants saved from the wreck and stored as treasures in our hearts.

What are some ways you bring good and beauty into this "wreck" of a world?

xo, Patty

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