Thursday, August 25, 2011

the ugly-beautiful

it is what the French call

"d'un beau affreux"

or what the Germans refer to as


the ugly-beautiful

Paul Gauguin was known for saying

"le laid peut être beau"

or, "the ugly can be beautiful"

i read these things yesterday, in the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.
It is good, so good, and so rich. i read it slow to savor. to let it sink in.

when i read it, i jotted it down, this concept of the ugly-beautiful and scribbled below it:

child birth
the resetting of a broken bone
the cross

the ugly-beautiful

my list goes on

how much of life is just that - ugly yet beautiful

the refiner's fire

"for you, o God, have tested us
you have tried us as silver is tried
we went through the fire and through water
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance."

(psalm 66:10-12)

ugly sinners saved by beautiful grace

then i saw this video and the tears welled up.

i can only pray that i will allow the ugly in my life, the ugly that has crept into this world, to become as beautiful as they have.

This was grace - short film from Andrew Laparra on Vimeo.


Quiet Oasis said...

"tears well up"??? Try totally sobbing! Wow. Hope you don't mind if I post on FB.

Tara said...

I am posting this also! Amazing!

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