Yesterday I was in the throes of secretly orchestrating a surprise party and went over to see how VBS set-up was going. One of the VBS decorations was a life-sized cutout of a camel, and it looked just like one I have a photo of from the holy land. Excited that I will soon be on pilgrimage there, I snapped a shot...me and the camel, for a bit of fun.
We pulled off the surprise too, a bridal shower to honor our sweetheart of a youth minister. It was a wonderful gathering and so much joy was shared. Her delight was on grand display, and she shared the moment so graciously with us all. At the end, with her fiance there, we prayed a blessing over the couple. All arms extended over them, heads bowed in prayer. It is forever imprinted in my heart, and theirs too, I am sure.
As I shared these things with Roger, I showed him the photos of the party, and then appeared my camel shot! He smiled and remarked how photogenic I am. Told me I was beautiful. I denied it, as I am so often critical of my own pictures and prefer to be the one snapping away great pics of others! It is easy for me to see the beauty in others, in fact I am captivated by it.
But this morning I woke to this quote, my daily prayer prompt via email:
You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.
Sometimes it just hits home, you know. And I am feeling bountifully grateful for those dearest of loves in my life who encourage me, and see the beauty Love has planted in this imperfectly perfect child of God.
|well, not quite life-sized, but a lot of fun!|