Reflecting Beauty

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 7:15am -- Rabbi Kieffer

This time of year is marked by the full outflow of Nature’s beauty.  Spring is in full bloom and summer is just around the corner.  It is a season of renewal and the celebration of growth.  Trees have sprouted with buds and their leaves are showing,  while flowers have demonstrated their awesome colors and scents.  The phenomenon of Nature is a remarkable symbol of life itself.  Plants give so much beauty to our world and yet they are so very fragile.  Who can tell how strong each flower’s roots are?  What lies below the ground, hidden from view, really tells the story of the plant under observation and not the flower above.

Isn’t this true of people as well?  åWe tend to be fooled by first impressions and by physical beauty.  We rarely succeed in getting beneath the surface, and in understanding the human being before us; what really is hidden from view, what makes that person tick, what makes that person truly unique and special.

At this wonderfully refreshing time of year, we have every right to appreciate the beauty all around us.  But we also have an obligation to appreciate the beauty that lies within us, within each and every one of us.  Each of us has qualities that are special and outstanding.  Each of us is made up of features and characteristics unseen to the majority of observers.  Each one of us is worthy of praise.  May we help each other to cultivate good strong roots, so that all of our friends and neighbors can grow in beauty and wisdom, in health and in happiness.  Bless the beauty that is around you and within you.

Rabbi Samuel Kieffer