Plucking Beauty I once plucked beauty out of experience serendipitously like wild flowers in the country, delighting in what new joy life was going to allow me to discover and show off in vases upon my windowsill. But my curiosity is stagnant and often vanishes, jaded over what I know I'll find - that everything alive is already withering, beautiful for an instant but quickly crumbling to dust. And yet, it is not beauty that has changed. It still shines as bright as when the Logos called it out of the void. It is my limited vision, this human decision to make everything about me and interpret the world through selfish eyes. In an instant gold is tarnished, gifts become entitlements, and beauty looses its brilliance when it's used for self-indulgence. I once looked for beauty because I found you there. You spoke to me out of your creation like any great artist does. Now I find myself tumbling off the path and stumbling towards naturalism. Beauty is not beautiful because it is fleeting. It does not speak to the human heart because it is temporary. No. Beauty speaks because it's divine intuition, nudging us towards the eternal reality, reminding us that there is something beyond the material world that Never dies, Never withers, Never decays, Never says good-bye. Life loses its luster when our lives are reduced to merely grains of sands upon the beach of time. The breath of God resides within each one of us; never lose sight of paradise. -Justin Farley
Hello, everyone! I have recently published my first chapbook of Christian poems titled “A Voice in the Wilderness – A Chapbook of Poems about God”. This has been developed and polished over the past six months or so. I am happy with the final product and hope you find encouragement in the poems but also a validation that the spiritual life is not all sunshine and rainbows. We all struggle. We all have periods of questions and/or doubt. But it is the yearning that keeps us coming back for more and allows us to experience joy.
You can purchase either on Amazon or on my own bookstore (it is cheaper and has free shipping on my store) and is available on the Kindle and in paperback.
Amazon: Kindle Paperback
Inkspiration Books (my bookstore): Paperback
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