formation friday: go to beautiful

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i thought i’d mix it up a little this week for formation friday with a video reflection instead of using words. i love this song and sometimes it’s nice to just look & listen instead of read & think.

beauty is God’s image reflected in all kinds of wonderful & simple ways.  so often, it’s easy to miss beauty right before us. we’re busy. we’re tired. we’re lonely. we’re stressed. we’re _______(fill-in-the-blank).  those things are realities of life, but if we’re not careful, we can miss the beauty of the here & now that helps sustain us.

my hope for us this formation friday is that we’d tune our hearts & eyes & ears toward noticing beauty.

that we’d go to beautiful, even in the midst of the ugly. 

it looks different for each of us. what’s beautiful for one person isn’t the same thing as another. that’s what i love about our uniqueness–and God’s vastness.

the other night we were watching the last lord of the rings together, all 7 of us, on our 10 year old cruddy TV.  i looked at the kids, two piled up on one small couch, two more on the floor laughing together about something they saw on facebook, the other snuggled up in a blanket, jose & i squeezed onto the other couch.  it made me smile.  i thought to myself “no one else would think this is as beautiful as i do but it sure is.”

God reveals beauty in so many ways.  may we have eyes to see it.   

have a great weekend!  peace, kathy





Kathy Escobar

Kathy Escobar is dedicated to creating safe and brave spaces for transformation and healing in real life, online, and outside. She co-pastors at The Refuge, a hub for healing community, social action, and creative collaboration in North Denver, co-directs #communityheals, a non-profit organization dedicated to making spaces for transformation accessible for all, and is the author of Practicing: Changing Yourself to Change the World, Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart and several other books.


  • HI Kathy,

    That sounds lovely evening with the family for you with the film. As I read what you have written about that, I am reminded of what someone told me about having gone through what for her was a painful time. And then to her surprise being told that at that time shae was coming across as Christ – like in a way she had never doen before. Peace.

  • OH – one more thing. With what you mention about beauty. Because of the false image I had of myself of being lazy and careless (due to undiagnosed dyslexia and what people had said about me in their ignorance but with the best intentions) I never really picked up that I am a funny guy. I used to think people were just being nice or they were being sarcastic. Well, I gave stand up comedy a go and found out I am quite good at it. I still am shy, but I come out of myself when perfoming and it has given me confidence which has helped address false self image. One thing I remeber a tutor saying on one of the comedy workshops is that comedy as with other art forms is about taking pain and alchemising it into a thing of great beautiy. I see parallels that with what scripture says about the enemy doing things with the intention of evil, God turning around for good. God Bless.

    • Thanks so much Adam. I love what you said. What a gift for the new year….Turning my weakness into a strength..Wow. Maybe that is what God meant when he said “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” God bless you!!

      • yes! the other part i love is that even though others don’t understand or maybe support some of our endeavors, beauty is made to come out and we don’t have to justify or prove it to anyone else or have it make sense…

      • Yes indeed Irene. When Paul recived that, he was troubled by his “thorn in the flesh” and being “hard pressed” facing imprisonment etc. But what a joy to know that if we rest in God power what can be achieved and it may very well be what the world perceives as a “weakness” gets us there with us taking courage to face the challenges and difficulties we encounter.

        I just see dyslexia as the way my brain is wired, not as a disabilty. And as having strengths and weaknesses just like everyone. God Bless.

    • i always love hearing stories of what happens when what’s really inside has a chance to come out in some creative and brave way. amazing and healing in so many ways. i love that passage, too.

      • Thanks – i liked expereincing it. And the great thing we all have gifts and talents in each of us either there or waiting to be teased out fot eh benefit of everyone :). Lovely.

  • Stunning. I was first introduced to Beauty, as a theological concept, by Dr. Karen Swallow Prior. In the last couple of years, a few other people have helped me explore Beauty further – most recently, Diana Trautwein, who introduced me to this post. I’m grateful for her, and now, for you. Thanks for this gift.

    • thanks cheryl for sharing & taking time to say hi. it’s always nice to learn about new people i hadn’t heard of before. i am grateful for diana here, too, she is a gift.


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