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The coming of spring has heightened my awareness of mother nature’s vibrant colors and beauty. As I strolled through downtown Knoxville’s Market Square viewing the many different restaurants and wondering where to dine, I observed artists with their canvas and brush in hand painting objects surrounding them. Gazing over their shoulders, I recognized that the artists were not ordinary hobby painters but rather they were skilled professional painters dressed in a painter’s cap and apron.

Some were painting buildings in the distance and other were painting trees and flowers. As I peered at the drawings, I could see that they were meticulous working out the details of their art and this wise old saying came to mind: “There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture on the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not man the less, but nature more…. Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

Observing one of LHP’s employee’s “Up Close and Personal” photos, I noticed that she was sitting atop a rocky mountain, enjoying mother nature’s awesomeness. The scenery was mesmerizing and caused me to focus on the mountain terrain in the background of the photo. I felt prompted to ask myself this question “Is the spring coming? What is it like?” I found the answer in a popular work of literature, The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “it is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth.”

The next time that you are out strolling along a greenway, hiking in the mountains or just working in your garden, think on this; what a beautiful world we are privileged to live, work, and play in surrounded by such awesome beauty. It is not an imaginary image but rather it is real and can be felt. Because we can use our mind as a canvas to draw our own master piece with our eyes and imagination, let us enjoy the beauty of the “colors of the spirit.” Spring has sprung so forget about your troubles and listen to nature speaking to you in all her beauty.

Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

Chaplain Walter Ghosten

By Chaplain Ghosten