There's more to my life then going from one sensuous experience to the next. There's this cool God thing that happens when the sensuous and the gratitude mix and somehow I take in the big picture of Love. Art tells us about the heart of the Artist. Gifts tell us about the heart of the Giver. And the Giver and Artist of Love is God. When we experience Beauty, it changes us, in a transformative good way. And (here's the cool part!) we carry that Beauty inside us. We carry that conversational friendship with The Great Artist with us. So, in a profound human moving way, we are never alone.
Li-Young Lee says it best:
"Oh, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard,
to eat not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days,
to hold the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach."