a meditation for youth workers: BEAUTY

many years ago, i decided the staff of youth specialties were super tired. we were about to head into a busy season, and we were all running on fumes.

sounds a little like coming off a busy youth ministry summer and jumping into a new school year, right?

we decided to give everyone a 7-day weekend, a mini-sabbatical. our amazing spiritual director beth slevcove wrote some beautiful meditations for those days, and i’ve just rediscovered them. i’m going to share them in a series here on my blog, and hope you’ll take ten minutes to rest and soak in god’s love for you as you read them. here’s the third one:


rise up, my beloved, my fair one, and come away.
for the winter is past, and the rain is over and gone.
the flowers are springing up, and the time of singing birds has come,
even the cooing of turtledoves.
the fig trees are budding, and the grapevines are in blossom.
how delicious they smell!
yes, spring is here!
arise, my beloved, my fair one, and come away.

song of songs 2:10-14

Beauty. Find some.
Take a long drive on a beautiful two-lane highway.
Hike in the mountains.
Sit at your favorite beach.
Go to an art museum.
Play beautiful music.
Eat wonderful food.

Notice the beauty in yourself.
Look at the people around you and recognize the beauty in them.
Breathe it all in…deeply.

(photo credit: jonny baker)

One thought on “a meditation for youth workers: BEAUTY”

  1. I am all for beauty – an idea I wish we explored more of and saw more of it around us everyday….what do you mean by notice the beauty in yourself mean? Where is the line between cheesy and wonderful and cliche and meaningful? :) Thanks Mark glad I stumbled on your blog and most likely will be sending at least one of your “meditations” to my team! ps: I think I saw you on brother Lems insta the other day???? Solid solid dude who spoke at our camp this year and my students loved him- if you are connected to him I can only imagine you are a rockstar as well- keep it up mark.

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