"Brightly colored sunsets and starry heavens, majestic seas, and fragrant fields and fresh-cut flowers are not even half as beautiful as a soul who is serving Jesus out of love, through the wear and tear of an ordinary, unpoetic life. The most saintly souls are often those who have never distinguished themselves as authors or allowed any major accomplishment of theirs to become the topic of the world's conversation. No, they are usually those who have led a quiet inner life of holiness,
having carried their sweet bouquets unseen,
like a fresh lily in a secluded valley on the edge of a crystal stream."
This quote is from today's reading of Streams in the Dessert. I loved it because it made me instantly think of so many people in my life who are "serving Jesus out of love, through the wear and tear of an ordinary, unpoetic life." Namely our pastors!
(Beautiful and fitting photo by my son in law, Evan)