“Beauty” in Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’S of Faith

Buechner, Frederick

HarperSanFrancisco, 2004

p. 37

Beauty is to the spirit as food is to the flesh.  A glimpse of it in a young face, say, or an echo of it in a song fills an emptiness in you that nothing else under the sun can.  Unlike food, however, it is something you never get your fill of.  It leaves you always aching with longing not so much for more of the same as for whatever it is, deep within and far beyond both it and yourself, that makes it beautiful [cf. C. S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory”].  ‘The beauty of holiness’ is how the Psalms name it (29:2), and ‘As a dear longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.’”