What is true beauty?

Yellow Iris by Laurie Pace © 2004

Yellow Iris by Laurie Pace © 2004

“True beauty is a ray That springs from the sacred depths of the soul, and illuminates the body, just as life springs from the kernel of a stone and gives colour and scent to a flower.” ― Rumi

What is true beauty?   I remembered a quote from Kahlil Gibran “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” How right this rings in my heart.  I am blessed with many friends of such great beauty. One of my older friends is my heart sis "Jan".  She is my go to mentor for everything and anything. I respect and love her and look to her as she leads her life as my example of a gracious true beauty.  We have a bond that grew early in our friendship from many common things in our background.  She is a believer and walks the life giving and serving. She lights up not just the room, but the lives of her family and friends.  

Another "true Beauty friend" is a very new friend, Kathy Cousart, a fellow painter.  We have known of each other for years through the internet, but never really talked or met till recently. But my heart recognized her heart immediately. We found a great joy between us with our common belief in God and our gift of art given by our Father.  We both are givers in life and our personalities are to serve others. We take life by heart.  Kathy's light shines brightly... she is beautiful inside and out. 

There are many more, but my point being was to share one of my oldest friends and one of my newest friends and how their beauty runs to the core of their being. God's light shines through them and on to the people they encounter in life. Look around you... there are lights beaming from so many people you know.  God's light.  God's love.  

"This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all." 1 John 1:5