Winter is a season which always catches my attention and surprises me. It has not been the cold and the rain, as I expect those in winter, but it has been the crisp, clear days, and the red hues of sunsets. In our neighbourhood, it has also been the fragrance of the flowering wattle, and the vibrant bottlebrush which has been starting to bloom again. It makes me wonder as I write, how can those sunsets, fragrances, and colours ever be described in words?
Augustine, in his homily in 1 John, describes the world and its beauty as the gold ring the bridegroom gives the bride as a pledge, an earnest, not just of his love but of his own self. Augustine says:
For this, the bridegroom gives an earnest,
that in his earnest he may himself be loved.
Well then, God gave you all these things:
love Him that made them.
There is more that He would give you, that is,
His very Self that made these things.
Now, while out walking, as I enjoy the surprises which catch my attention, I seek to hear in them the whispers of God’s deep, self-giving love for me. Such surprises of love from a Lover call my soul to love God in return. May you, as you enjoy creation’s surprises around you, also hear in them the whispers of God’s deep love for you.
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