Bawling Blood & Beneficent Beauty; Part II

Part II | Beneficent Beauty

Beating rhythmically beyond the boundaries of our very beings, beacons of hope break down barbed wire barriers, bringing the brightness of life through bereavement, betrayal and brokenness; beauty beckons!

Sorry for the delay. It’s been a long day…

I am not sure how familiar any of you are with The Green Mile by Stephen King. I do not read Mr. King much these days, but this was one of the first books that really captured me. I remember sitting down and reading 50-70 pages at a time which was amazing for me at that time. Anyway, in some ways I relate with the character of John Coffey, in that, much of the time I am burdened. I am burdened by the state of my country and if we will still be a nation by the time my kids are grown, I am burdened by the state of the Church and the rampant foolishness going on within, I am burdened by my living situation and wanting more for my family, and the list goes on. Yet, it’s more than burdened. It’s a deep sorrow that I cannot fully articulate, like shards of glass in my head – there’s the connection to Mr. Coffey.

Yet, even when I am in that space heavily, I can be arrested from that place by beauty. When it’s 7:00 am and I am going outside on my forklift at work wishing I was somewhere writing or at home, I see the sunrise and hear the morning birds singing their hymns and my souls quiets as my spirit rises! Beauty is so captivating in an inarticulate way. How we are moved along by a string a words put together on a page, or how Handel’s Hallelujah chorus demands we rise to our feet, or being in the awesome and humbling shadow of a formidable mountain, or the deep pride and awe of a waterfall, or in the eyes of a spouse or child, or the beauty of animals, trees, flowers – nature – or the parkour opening of that one The Office episode…okay, that wasn’t a piece of beauty, but hilarious and brings me joy! Although it may vary for each of us, it is still powerfully moving in the way it captivates us.  

This morning I was struck hard. I was working and thinking about Part I of this post I just put up and thinking about a post I want to do soon about martyrs – avoiding details at the moment. I was stirred along thinking about how I could possibly communicate what I was feeling within me and I prayed for God to help me through that moment and process it well. I went outside and was literally speechless. I don’t even remember the last time something made me speechless. And, I mean my mouth hanging open and the whole nine. Here in central Indiana today it was overcast and misty, but for a brief moment, as soon as I opened the garage door, I saw the most beautiful bright pink – almost red – sunrise illuminating through the clouds. Here I was just thinking about martyrs and all of the sudden before me is the most striking pink/red sunrise. Yet, that’s the point of it all!

God, in his wonderful mercy, has an uncanny ability of turning beauty from our mess. And even though this world seems to be suffocating in a cacophony of negativity, backbiting and good-ol-fashion, nobody’s to blame, brokenness, God blesses us with beauty all around. It’s like Trinity in the last Matrix movie while heading into the most dangerous of situations, she has a brief moment of riding above the storm and seeing the beauty and peace of the sun. It is a gracious gift. It is beneficent beauty!

In the Bible, we see God remaking the heavens and the earth after his return.

Revelation 21.1-4

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Imagine the most beautiful things you have experienced. Now, imagine them perfected with no negativity! With this kind of beauty, only one word remains: Maranatha!


Here are just a few things I find beautiful:

scenic view of mountains during dawn

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alley autumn autumn colours autumn leaves

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cascade creek environment falls

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bible blur christ christianity

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ancient antique architectural design architecture

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What about you? What’s beautiful in your world today?



Text and last picture, © Joshua Curtis, 2019

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Great post. Your family is beautiful!

    • Thank you Anna! I appreciate it.

  2. Ohhhhh just so very refreshing…your post. God bless you and you precious life, today,always

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