Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Love in the Shadows

In the Shadows
Photograph by: Karen Holmes

"Love beauty; it is the shadow of God on the universe."
- Gabriela Mistral

A dear friend of mine has suffered some very difficult news this week...

love lives there in those shadows...

...in silences where a prayer is finding expression...
...in a spring bloom opening softly under a weary gaze...
...in the caressing warmth of sunshine between overburdened shoulders...
...in the co mingling tears of a gentle spring rainfall...
...in rest found beneath a guest room's crisp fresh sheets and fluffy white down covers...
...in the kindness of those who bend down to carefully pick up the scattered and shattered stained-glass pieces of a life that has profoundly changed, with the hope that a light-filled mosaic will emerge to find future artful expression... 
...and in God's grace and mercy... 

For today... love lives in the shadows...

11 comments:

d e l i g h t said...

Lovely photo and sentiment. I'm sorry about the difficult news your friend has received. I'm certain your thoughtful and from the heart words will help to encourage and inspire. A good friend can be so special and needed at difficult times. Have a great day.
Linda

Betsy said...

We each find ouselves in dark shadow moments at times, don't we? Unwilling, hurt, struggling. This image of the shadow of God as beauty is so powerful. Yes, we can seek and embrace this 'beauty shadow'- and we are calmed, protected, refreshed, blessed. Renewal whispers. Resurrection happens. I too am sure your friend has been ministered to, Karen Dear, by this offering. A sparkling mosaic indeed. Simply inspiring.
Love, Betsy
PS. The Peace Dove in the photo is perfect!

beth said...

thoughts and prayers go out to your friend.....

{karen can you send me your email address so we can talk about cameras}

Christina said...

your friend is in my prayers.
xo

the fishermans cottage said...

What lovely words x

Anyes said...

Love is in the words you wrote for your friend, sending loving energy your friend's way

Birdie said...

Karen, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend! She is lucky to have you for I know you are there for her in her difficult times. The sun will shine again for her ... sending lots of love your way dear Karen!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

My heartfelt prayers go out to your friend. Beautiful words for a time like this.
Maura

Christina said...

i didn't have you email sweetie, so i stopped over here.

hmm... it calls for a wild blueberry jam but, i can't think of one, less sweet. if i do, i will let you know. xoxo

karen-holmes said...

*dear friends...i so wish that each of you could know how your words and prayers have graced and blessed my friend who is doing better...your kindness has blessed me also. i am honored to be in your fine company.
with love, karen

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

Such a sweet post. I hope your friend is ok, with a friend like you I'm sure they will be.

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