"Beauty for ashes"

"Beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness." Could any phrase on human tongue be lovelier? What merciful assurance these words from Isaiah bring to weary, troubled hearts! True beauty is of God. It is permanent, for it is divine. Symmetry, harmony, completeness—all these are included in beauty.

Perhaps few, if any, would deny that true beauty is wholly spiritual. When we consider the grandeur of snow-capped mountains, the oceans' austere charm, or the loveliness of spring's first violet, we should remember that real beauty exists independently of matter.

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