Sunday afternoon, two ground hogs at the bottom of the back stairs! Monday morning, the bluebird in the bird bath. And this morning, two young fawns in the garden. And, the chipmunk!
Beauty is unpredictable. St. Augustine expressed this memorably: "I asked the earth, I asked the sea and the deeps, among the living animals, the things that creep, I asked the winds that blow, I asked the heavens, the sun, the moon, the stars, and to all things that stand at the doors of my flesh ... My question was the gaze I turned to them. Their answer was their beauty."
And so, Amen.
-- Ellen Ratmeyer