An Attraction to Loveliness

“It is this attraction to loveliness that lies at the heart of nurturing soul.  God has made us to be drawn to the beautiful.  So often the divide between children who have full souls and those who don’t lies here with the pursuit of beauty.  The serious pursuit of beauty, for both children and adults, has a delightfully amplifying effect on all other areas of life.  It makes us better at everything else… The connection here is quite mysterious, but it’s often quite radical.  Poetry, music, and fiction can utterly transform the coldest logician, computer programmer, or colonel into someone with soul.”– Douglas Jones, Angels in the Architecture: A Protestant Vision for Middle Earth

(Illustration: Rembrandt van Rijn, Woman Carrying a Child Downstairs)