Flowers and Stars


This line is from Francis Thompson’s poem, The Mistress of Vision. To me it is suggestive of two things. First, Francis Thompson wrote many poems that should be of interest to Christians, not the least of which is The Hound of Heaven. Here he suggests that the interrelationships of all nature may be far more complex and interrelated than we first realize. It encourages a Christian to ponder and, paraphrasing St. Augustine, to behold and see that it is all beautiful. In so doing we see that the beauty in nature is its confession to God and could not have been created or exist without His intervention.

Secondly, this line encourages us to ponder more deeply the things we do and say and even think. The consequences of our actions may be both unexpected and far reaching.


Behold and See, We are Beautiful

Stars of the Lord

“Question the beauty of the earth, the beauty of the sea, the beauty of the wide air around you, the beauty of the sky; question the order of the stars, the sun whose brightness lights the days, the moon whose splendor softens the gloom of night; question the living creatures that move in the waters, that roam upon the earth, that fly through the air; the spirit that lies hidden, the matter that is manifest; the visible things that are ruled, the invisible things that rule them; question all these. They will answer you: ‘Behold and see, we are beautiful.’ Their beauty is their confession to God. Who made these beautiful changing things, if not one who is beautiful and changeth not?”

St. Augustine