Wednesday, August 17, 2011

In Other Words: The Ugly Beautiful

       "I am David lamenting, 'O LORD, why...?' (Psalm 10:1). Why is this broken world punched through with losses? 'O LORD, how long?' (Psalm 13:1). How long until every baby thrives and all children sleep down the hall from a mom and dad wrapped up in love, and each womb swells with vigorous life, and every single cancer clinic sits empty and we all grow old together? How long?...And I nod it soft. Yes, Father, You long to transfigure all.
       The wrinkled man in the wheelchair with the legs wrapped, the girl with her face punctured deep with the teeth marks of a dog,  the mess of this world, and I see--this, all this is what the French call d'un beau affreux, what the Germans call hubsch-hasslich --the ugly beautiful. That which is perceived as ugly transfigures into beautiful...the dark can give birth to life; suffering can deliver grace."

--Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts*

*Want to read more? You can find this book in the "What We're Reading" window to the right.

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