When Beliefnet user Serandipity posed the question, "Where do you see beauty in the world, and what role does it play in your life, particularly your spiritual life?" the Beliefnet community responded with praises of nature, testimonies of human kindness, portraits of innocence in children and wisdom in the aged, the ordinary experiences of everyday life, and the whole of all existence.

For many, the simple presence of an overarching dome of sky fills them with awe. We hope that you will agree with dreamsmaycome who writes that beauty is found in "The peace I feel reading other people's thoughts here."


I live in Southern New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment (La Tierra del Encantado) where God, on a daily basis, uses the skies for the most beautiful watercolor landscapes paintings one has ever experienced. Each day He paints with radiant hues of purples, hot pinks, oranges, bright yellows, and blues and then all these are reflected off the Mountains to the East. Each morning God's beauty slowly slips in through my windows, warms my face and slowly wakes me up. --Quina9

I live in a house on a lake. Every morning the sun rises directly across the lake looking out the sliding glass doorwall. I'm awestruck whenever I open the blinds and reminded of God. My 15-year-old son's bedroom faces the sunrise also, and he often calls my attention to it and we stare at it together.--Dlail

The moon at night is the closest thing I have ever seen to eternity.--peggyodom

I find beauty in nature...the mother of pearl shine on a dragonfly wing, the feel of an ocean breeze, the feel of a wave gentle washing over my feet, the feel of sand sliding through my fingers, the smell of the ocean, sandpipers running along the beach leaving their so identifiable foot prints in the sand, the children so intently building sand castles (innocently not realizingthe day will not last forever), their laughter catching the breeze and carrying us to the memory of a day of our own just like this one.--B.L.O.T.S


I remember once watching some little children playing by a river. And it wasn't exactly a BEAUTIFUL river, in the most conventional way. Rather polluted. But they were so filled with AWE and WONDER. One of them came over to me, eyes alight, because he had found treasure! the sweet little boy gave this treasure to me, telling me a little of its marvelous history. What was this unique prize? An old, flattened bottle top. Just made me think, it IS all in how you look at it.

I see beauty in my three children. I have never seen anything more beautiful in life than innocent children. My children have such wonderful imaginations, are so excited by life and by learning new things. To have a hug and a kiss, to hear, I love you Dad. To sit quietly with them and watch a movie, to watch them sleep, read them a book, play a game or roll around on the floor with them. I love their laughter and their smiles. I love to watch them explore their world. --searchingnow

A child is beautiful because he doesn't know what ugly is; doesn't know what different is; is always so quick to forgive and love unconditionally. Children live each day in the moment and don't constantly look ahead. A child can be perfectly happy sitting in a tree or examining a butterfly on a flower in her backyard. A child asks for nothing but his parents' love, and always believes his parents are perfect, even if we aren't. A child is born with so much wisdom. Knowing beauty is remaining childlike inside, never letting life blind us to the beauty that is everywhere. --theonlylis

In the Elderly

Beauty can't really be described. Something beautiful has all the essences of life. That of an elderly woman who hasn't fought age, who hasn't gotten a facelift, who doesn't hide herself, who accepts that she has gotten old, is beauty. Early in the morning, when the sun is nearly rising and night and day are still touching, I feel a certain feeling, and I believe that is beauty. Two people who are truly in love is beautiful. Even sadness can be beauty because it is making someone stronger in the long run. Finding beauty in the world is what people should live for. ;)-- dimondntharuff

Each day I see something different... Today the beauty I see would be my 76-year old father. What a wonderful man! He is truly the meaning of what a father is. He loves Jesus, his wife. He loves his children unconditionally. He prays with and for his family everyday. He would help anyone in need. Sometimes I feel he is taken advantage of by some, but he doesn't seem to mind - as long is he is helping someone. He always forgives, never holding a grudge. He never asks for anything in return. Dad has not been well lately, but even as ill as he has become, he still will not miss going to church... My father, is the beauty I see in the world today. --GraceM54