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Inner Beauty is an Almighty Force
Terri McPherson

Your life was celebrated
at the moment of your birth,
and to this very day, the angels
sing your song of worth.
Inner beauty is not a mushy-gushy nougat at the center of your being. It's not a fluffy-fuzzy glow beneath the surface of your skin. Inner beauty is an incredible force of power that transcends all the ugliness of the outside world.

Love answers easily to love. Hope fills to overflowing when the horizon looks promising. Peace floats smoothly on a calm sea. Graciousness abounds when life is good. Yet, as we all well know, life is never 'all good'.

It takes a fierce amount of strength to face hatred with love, hopelessness with hope, tribulation with peace and hurt with grace. Inner beauty is an indestructible diamond that finds enough light to reflect itself in a world gone dark.

Left to our own devices, love, hope, peace and grace are easily trampled beneath the monstrous feet of greed, jealousy, envy, regret, pain and hatred. Outside support is good and well and kind, but it cannot address what it cannot see. It cannot petition turmoil face to face - in the place where it lives. Issues that reside at the heart level, the soul level, need inside support.

When you're weak and weary, when you're tired of being tired, look within for the source of your strength. Look inside for respite from a harsh world. Look deep, look long and look hard for the beautiful dwelling within you. Look for God inside yourself.

No...... inner beauty isn't mushy or gushy or fluffy or fuzzy. It doesn't need compliments, recognition or reinforcement - to be beautiful. It is an Almighty force - alive and beautiful - that moves you on an upward road every minute of every day of your life.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? 1 Cor 6:19 NKJV

� 2002 Terri McPherson
Windsor, Ontario, Canada