Protesting the Darkness With Beauty

Protesting the Darkness With Beauty

“You can protest the darkness and brokenness by balancing with beauty.” – Dr. Catherine Hart Weber

The dark, burdensome subjects of sex trafficking and sexual abuse can become overwhelming, seeming as if there’s no end to the almost daily horrific news. It makes my heart hurt more days than not.

A wise counselor advised those who work on the front lines of issues like this to regularly add beauty into their lives whenever possible. At first, this suggestion stirred up feelings of guilt and a sense that this is unnecessary. After all, why should I enjoy beauty and comfort if those being victimized cannot?

Yet God, in His wisdom and perfect care, brought me to a point where I needed to heed this wisdom for my own health and emotional wellbeing. After spending a few of days in acute awareness of the beauty of His creation, the often unnoticed intricacies of nature, and the warm blessings that come from enjoying family and friends, a discovery was made!

I discovered dreams began to flow again, and a sense of courage was restored! With a sense of renewed energy and strengthened resolve, the darkness lifted, and a fresh vision for justice reemerged!

Beauty.

Whenever it comes alive in us we will find new energy to live it out, right where we are…

A few suggestions for instilling beauty into our world might be:

  • Read a book such as “Wonderstruck“.
  • Listen to the kind of music that captures your attention and causes you to look beyond your current horizon.
  • Buy a bouquet of flowers for the room you spend the most time in.
  • Take a walk in the sunshine, rain, or snow.
  • Treat yourself to lunch with a friend in a nice restaurant.
  • Watch a sunrise. Watch a sunset.
  • Take a break outside, look up at the clouds, and breathe deeply.

Henri Nouwen reminds us that “Every time we show compassion to a suffering person, every time we arrange a bouquet of flowers, offer care to animals, create beauty in our homes and gardens … we are making the vision come true…Whenever it comes alive in us we will find new energy to live it out, right where we are…this beautiful vision gets us involved.”

How are you keeping beauty in your world and protesting the darkness?

written by Tammy Stauffer of She’s Somebody’s Daughter