May We Allow Our Eyes To “Bloom” So We Can Take In All The Beauty Of This World!


It’s been a number of years since the birth of our last grandchild. Each of their births has been a testimony to me of the role of God in bringing forth life into this world. I don’t know how anyone can be present at the birth of a baby and not think about the supernal nature of its conception and birth. By its first cry, you sense that the newborn is wailing out to be recognized as a testament of the divine nature of its existence. The marvel of it all!

At the birth of one of our granddaughters, my son and I happened to get Chinese take-out while we waited for his new daughter to arrive, which happened a few hours later. As I opened a fortune cookie, I said, “This one is for the new baby!” It read, “Your eyes will soon be opened to a world full of beauty, charm, and adventure.” I’m certainly not a believer in fortune cookies, but that message is one my little granddaughter should remember. This world really is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. But too often, we allow our problems and worries to cloud our vision and ruin our view, thus causing us to lose the charm of life and miss the adventure.

So, the advice I wrote down that day to her was, “Life is an adventure! Keep your eyes wide open because there is beauty all around. Always remember that Heavenly Father is the creator of it all. In so doing you can live a ‘charmed’ life!”

May we allow our eyes to bloom so that we take in all the beauty of this world. That’s the best advice I could give to anyone, including a little girl that day!

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