8/7: Keukenhof

8/7: Keukenhof

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  1. Thank you Evan for this reminder that our lives abound with beauty and love. In fact, this is the atmosphere that we truly "live, move and have our being" in. Our spiritual sense is what allows us to see this beauty everywhere. Mary Baker Eddy says, in S&H page 516, "Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light." The marginal heading is, "Love imparts beauty."

  2. Thank you! This is absolutely beautiful. I just feel such a lightness of being, embraced in Love having witnessed such beauty.
    Warm regards,

  3. Thank you for the beautiful manifestation of God's great gift to us as the flowers. When I see a flower it is a lift of the spirit.

  4. Thank you, Evan.

    Beautiful video and message.

    There is a lot of beauty in God's universe. But you have to look for it. Starting a gratitude journal is a great way to become aware of the good throughout the day and honor it.

    Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL mankind.

    Rob Scott
    Chicago, IL

  5. Awesome! Both the flowers and the beautiful thoughts ! thanks Evan

  6. I respond to the realization that a project going well can be an example of God's beauty. It says wonderful things to me. Thank you Evan

  7. When as a teenager I criticized a passerby, my mom told me that if I look deeper I was going to find some of the glory of God in everyone's face, because we are all one big family, all God’s children.

    Since that time I look at people in a different way and I always find some good in everybody; a mischievous smirk, a wise smile, a gentle caring look, a peaceful demeanor, etc.

    If you look carefully, you’ll see that everybody has some “family resemblance”, everyone has the beauty of God’s glory reflected in their face.

    Cuando era adolescente y critiqué a alguien que pasaba, mi mamá me dijo que si miraba más profundamente podría ver algo de la gloria de Dios reflejada en la cara de cada uno, porque todos pertenecemos a una gran familia, todos somos hijos de Dios.

    Desde ese entonces yo veo a la gente de una forma diferente y siempre hallo el bien en cada uno; una mueca travieza, un sonrisa sabia, una mirada amable, una conducta apacible, etc.

    Si miras cuidadosamente, versa que todos tienen un “parecido familiar”, cada uno tiene la belleza de la gloria de Dios reflejada en su cara.

  8. Dear Evan, that was just beautiful...." The loveliness of Love is all around" says Mrs. Eddy in S&H. We just have to open our eyes to see It and it just hints the amazing "beauty, grandeur , order" to be seen and felt in God's spiritual universe.
    THankyou for sharing a little bit of Holland with us.

  9. Thanks Evan, it is how I go about my photography art; beauty takes all forms, and is in the immediate space, and in the stepping-back, the convergence of its elements..

  10. Thank you for acknowledging beauty in flowers and nature as being part of Gods creation. Love this uplift.

  11. Last night at the Fair I watched an event called "Log Hauling" using teams of steer pulling a sled with two large logs on it. Each young contestant is a teamster, who must guide his or her team around a course defined by plastic cones, and many places where there is barely enough room to fit through the cones without knocking them, which is counted against the contestant. Well, before the event, I noticed one contestant giving another contestant a really big hug. Later, I realized that the one who had received the hug was the least experienced teamster, and she knocked over many of the cones on the course, making her place last in the competition. But what I remember about that event is the love and encouragement I saw expressed by one of God's children for another of God's children. That to me was beautiful. Who knows how many hours of hard work it took to make a garden in Holland look like a perfect picture. To me that must surely be love in action. Mrs. Eddy gives us; "To love, and to be loved, one must do good to others." (Miscellaneous Writings, page 127, by Mary Baker Eddy.)

  12. Many thanks Evan for reminding me of one of the worlds most famous poems that I memorized 65 years ago and remember every time I think of daffodils. "I wandered lonely as a cloud/That floats on high o'er vales and hills,/ When all at once I saw a crowd,/ A host, of golden daffodils;/ Beside the lake, beneath the trees,/ Fluttering and dancing in the breeze." (Daffodils by William Wordsworth). "Thy calmness bends serene above,/ My restlessness to still;/ Around me flows Thy quickening life/ To nerve my faltering will:/ Thy presence fills my solitude;/ Thy providence turns all to good." (Christian Science Hymnal #134).

  13. Thank you Evan for this timely reminder of the beauty God provides for us all everywhere, everyday. We just need to see it and rejoice. Everyday should be an adventure to see God's beauty and goodness around us.

  14. Good morning all! Thank you Evan for this wonderful lift! I feel I was in tune with it before I even listened. My husband, not a CS, is worried about extended work hours this month and his ability to keep up. As I thought about that this morning I started clearing my thought about where his ability to do what he needs to do comes from. The thought that came to me was 'the beauty of wholeness' (to paraphrase a song). To know his completeness, soundness, wholeness comes from God, Mind is a beautiful and comforting thought to me. While I cannot specifically pray for him unless he asks, I can keep my own thought of him clear and beautiful. Thank you Elena for 'family resemblance', I will be using that gem today! I am so grateful for yours and all of the other comments! They are so helpful. What a joy it is to wake up every morning to such a wonderful family!

  15. Thank you. Yes all beauty comes from God and every one does express God in some way

  16. Thank you Evan for your beautiful video lift! The universe and all therein is an expression of God's love. "Everything in God's universe expresses Him" .... "God is infinite, the only Life, substance, Spirit, or Soul, the only intelligence of the universe, including man" (MBE "Science and Health" p 330, 331). Our gratitude for God's beauty chases mortal mind away and that is exactly what your video shows us. God's beauty reminds us that we too, reflect God in perfect beauty and harmony.

    Thank you lifters and The Daily Lift Team for uplifting reminders of our oneness with God.

  17. Thank you Evan. Thanks for sharing those beautiful flowers. Thank you for sharing a great article in the newest Christian Science Journal.

    God's beauty all around-I agree. Last night, I just sat in the backyard and could see God's Delight. This morning, a loved one's celebration of Life was reached out in God's song of Love..."Happy
    Beautiful to you...Happy Beautiful to you".

    He shared, his son was with him and starting his first day of work as a laborer. I reminded him, that was a gift. Love's work and Love must fit. God is truly Beautiful forever.

    And thank you beautiful Daily Lifters.

  18. I didn't see a single weed in your video of Keukenof. Every plant expressing life and beauty.
    What an inspiration to keep our own mental garden free of weeds (errors), leaving room for every thought
    to express life and beauty.
    Thanks to Evan and all those commenting for showing your appreciation of this weed free garden at Keukenof.

  19. Thank you for this wonderful "lift"and showing us those lovely and beautiful flowers. I appreciate it very much. Flowers certainly do tell us of God's beauty and love.

  20. Thanks so much for yet another so-good and helpful Evan lift.

  21. Like one of our hymns says: "..in beauty, grandeur, order, His handiwork is shown." Thanks for this beautiful lift for today!

  22. Beautiful video. Reminds me of a poem by Persian poet Sadi I memorized years ago - (or a variation of)

    If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
    And from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left,
    Sell one and with the dole
    Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.

    Thanks for a wonderful lift today.

  23. Thank you, Evan, for this lovely lift. I enjoy flowers, and my garden is blooming beautifully at present. I feel close to God when working in my garden, acknowledging God's perfect timing for every Divine thought to come to fruition. Many friends have mentioned how happy they are in a garden, it surely must be, that they feel Divine Love's presence. I like the idea of everyone being part of God's family, and that we all share His family resemblance. Thank you to the contributors, who expand the thought, and share their blessings.
    "A grateful heart a garden is, where there is always room
    For every lovely, God-like grace
    To come to perfect bloom."
    Hymn 3, The Christian Science Hymn Book

  24. Thank you, Evan, for your beautiful reminder!

  25. Growing up in an affluent family, I developed a sense of entitlement at a very early age and people who worked with there hands became more or less stepping stones or else they were simply invisible. And I am not the only one with such notions. Most if not all of the middle class friends of my youth tended to share such an attitude. I believe smug is a good way of putting it, a subtle but pervasive sense of superiority, sometimes with a patronizing air and without real compassion or affection.

    After studying Christian Science for some time, the trappings of my over-privileged youth have fortunately fallen by the wayside, leaving me to discover how marvelous and varied are our tasks in life. And God tends not to favour people because they are fashionably dressed or have big bank accounts but rather He/She loves us all equally.

    So I have Christian Science to thank for lifting the veil which kept me from discovering much of life's beauty and joy. So just as Evan celebrates the beauty in nature, I am discovering beauty in the people all around me, by perceiving them and myself through a spiritual rather than a material lens.

    Thanks Evan for the lovely thoughts.

  26. Thank you, dear Evan, for sharing the Beauty of Keukenhof with us today! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The Kingdom of Heaven is within you. The material world comes from mortal concepts. The spiritual world or Soul-filled world is of God's, Spirit's, creating. And Spirit gives us the spiritual sense to see His/Her spiritual Beauty everywhere! Thank you to #22 Diane for that lovely poem - the beauty of flowers really Does feed the Soul!

  27. I loved the video of the beautiful gardens which brought back memories of my trip to Holland years ago. And the inspiring message that beauty surrounds us. Mary Baker Eddy states in the chapter on Marriage in Science and Health p. 63, "In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry." I like how Elena expressed that everyone has a "family resemblance." What a beautiful way to view everyone we meet!

  28. Two friends visited me over the weekend, from two separate cities. In driving them around, I discovered some new beauty in my own city that I hadn't yet seen! Our mayor and city council have invested deeply in development of the riverfront, but only by walking along the new path does one see how magnificent the details are. It clearly was not a superficial or short-term facelift, but a real investment in beauty and delight for the city's people and visitors. The materials are solid, and the colors of plantings designed for stunning contrast with the paving stones...just amazing. It made me remember that our church had prayed for our city as we welcomed a Lecturer who told us to think of our city as "The City Foursquare." Heaven is not elsewhere, but right here. Thanks, Evan, for the reminder to drink in beauty today.

  29. Thank you for this glorious lift!

    I am reminded of a wonderful old movie I saw this week on the life of songwriter Jerome Kern. A favorite song of mine which he wrote is "Look for the Silver Lining" and these are the words:

    "Look for the silver lining where e'er a cloud appears in the view. Remember somewhere the sun is shining and so the right thing to do is let it shine for you. A heart full of joy and gladness will always banish sadness and strife. So always look for the silver lining and try to find the sunny side of life."

    Happy day Everyone!

  30. Wonderful way to begin our day! Thanks so much, Evan!


  31. wonderful comments

  32. Good morning, Evan !
    Such a lovely and inspiring message !
    All good things come from God and we should glorify Him every moment for that.
    Thank you very much for sharing :)

  33. Nuestro jardín en flor, en multiplidad de formas y color. Nuestra consciencia florecida de pensamientos, en sus más variadas forma y plenos de simplicidad, como los lirios que Dios viste con ropaje único y que no necesita otro riego que el que viene de arriba, ni abono, porque ya ha sido abonado, por el Padre.

    Los lirios como muestra la foto del video, integran un gran volumén de flores, hojas a veces anchas o finas, pimpollos y se hace difícil separarlos de su entorno para sin desvirtuarlos pintarlos en toda su plenitud, como cualquir otra flor se puede hacer, por ejemplo: una cala o un cartucho, colocándo simplemente una hoja o dos para complemento.

    Entiendo que los lirios bíblicos nos dicen que: Somos un todo que en su magnitud no se puede separar de lo que es. Ya lo dijo Cristo: "Mirad los lirios del campo, no trabajan ni hilan, "humanamente", pero ni aun Salomon fue vestido como uno ellos" También nos dice: Mirad cual Amor nos ha dado el Padre", siento, para que mantengamos los lirios en flor y ser vestidos como ellos, sin necesidad de lo humano, para un jardín donde las flores, ideas, siempre se expanden de tal manera que no se puede detener su avance, ni encerrarlas en un solo pensamiento, porque la multiplicidad de la idea, el espíritu, no lo permite.

    "En la Ciencia divina, el hombre es sostenido por Dios, el principio divino del ser" Mary Baker Eddy C y S. Y florece cual tierno lirio.

    Muchas gracias Evan por lo inspirado del mensaje.

  34. Thank you Evan. I'm so grateful to know that my family extends beyond my biological relatives. It's wonderful to hear and feel the love from our spiritual family. Thank you all for the love and good thoughts expressed. What a wonderful way to begin the day! May you all including Evan be blessed by God's love today and everyday in the way needed.

  35. Thank you! Your thoughtful comments are filled with spiritual beauty too...

    Happy day,

  36. Beautiful video and great inspirational message; thank you so very much!

  37. Hi Evan. Beautiful video of the gardens in Holland. Thank you so much for sharing it with us and reminding us that beauty is everywhere. Due to a heavy late frost in May this year some of my flowers didn't produce well, but for each one that bloomed I loved it more for its endeavor. Whether a single flower or a bouquet God's beauty shines through and we are blessed by it. I will also look at the beauty of the people I meet today and see their beauty. Thank you Evan, Nate and the team, and all the family of Lifters.

  38. Thank you for sharing your uplifting message and your experience in that lovely European garden. I will look for beauty all around me today.

  39. My son and his wife own a greenhouse business and grow the most beautiful flowers. Recently, there have been challenges that could scare me if I let them. Today's theme certainly helps me keep destructive thoughts "behind me." I know that their gorgeous flowers lift the spirits of many! Consider the lilies!

  40. Thanks much, Evan, for gracious reminder to look for the beauty in our lives. Sometimes its SEEMS so easy to look at the fear, mistakes, lack of supply, etc. We just need to turn and SEE God's expression everywhere. Much appreciation for the beautiful lift and flowers!

  41. I do not know how many times I have looked at this video and I enjoy it every single time. Yes, God's beauty is all around, and yes it does last longer then two beautiful weeks. But seeing His handy works is indeed a joy. Thank you Evan, for taking the time to travel to Holland and share this observation with us.

  42. Ah . . . what a lovely beginning to my day . . . and interesting how several of the comments about the "flower video" shared song lyrics, both religious and secular . . to me, songs and hymns are like flowers in my soul . . this whole lift and the comments so far have just wrapped me in the sweetest, surest sense of Love . . thank you, all.

  43. Thank you for the beauty-fill lift. I will tend my gardens today with special care and attention and find beauty in everyone I meet.

  44. Thank you for the flowers and the lift! Equality is beautiful to me everywhere it is found, governing officials, neighborhoods, social gatherings, schools, nations, individual understanding. Even as a child I couldn't imagine why one individual or group would ever believe they were better in any way from another. That sort of 'classism' is left over from old theology and predestination beliefs from 'the old country' it has nothing to do with God and the "'land of Christian Science' where fetters fall and the rights of man are fully acknowledged" as Mrs. Eddy's writes in Science and Health with key to the Scriptures. Our Father gave each one of us the Mind of Christ to acknowledge, claim and utilize.

  45. Thank you for sharing that beautiful flower garden! We have had lots of rain and kind of cloudy skies for the last several days, so it was enjoyable to see sunshine and color! It is a good reminder to look for beauty wherever we are.

  46. Such an uplifting thought to start the day
    That Gods beautiful creation is for the joy of everyone, no matter what nation or what culture they enjoy. I love hymn no. 3 in the Christian Science hymnal...

    "A grateful heart a garden is
    Where there is always room
    For every lovely Godlike grace
    To come to perfect bloom ."

    I am grateful for all the comments expressed each day from all over the world. Have a great day!

  47. Thank you for showing the beautiful Keukenhof Gardens and for the lovely message. In S&H page 240 Mary Baker Eddy speaks of God's glorious creation and said; "The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity."

  48. Beautiful just beautiful!!!!! God is so good!!! Thank you Evan and all the lovely comments.
    Love to all

  49. Thanks Evan .Obrigada Evan pela bela mensagem. Cada um de nós é uma linda e perfeita flor no universo plantado por Deus.

  50. Thank you for your lift today and for sharing those fields of beauty with us. They finally bloomed! and they were worth the wait. Finally seeing those long awaited fields of tulips in full bloom is like surveying our thought and our world years after first hearing of Christ and Christian Science when we see the long awaited and practically impossible healed.

  51. What beautiful flowers - reminded me of the first time I visited Buchart (sp?) Gardens in Victoria.

    The comments from #14 were especially helpful to me and once again, I am forever grateful for the DL and all the wonderful people who take the time to share their thoughts with us each morning.

  52. What a blessing to see that video and be reminded of how much God loves us! Thank you! Merri

  53. Thank you Evan for such a joyfilled lift, and many ,many thanks to all who share their loving thoughts daily. This idea of Daily lifts, must surely have been God inspired, as it embraces the whole universe, and encourages each one of us to be steadfast on our Spiritual journey, whilst enjoying the beauty of nature all around us. LOVE to ALL June M. UK.

  54. Evan, thanks so much.
    I especially liked your reminder to be sure and STOP.
    Stop and take it in. Think about it.Acknowledge it.
    Just terrific!

    Very sincere thanks,
    Susan Collins

  55. Oh what a beautiful morning. I am delighted to get to spend some of it here with all of you beautiful Lifters. Thanks for the video, Evan. It is good to see you there among the flowers.. blooming with your radiant smile. Thank you for the comments, #1-54! I'll check in later to read others posted after this. Let us worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness together. God is so good and so generous with expressions of beauty and love and harmony. Let us continue to give thanks, praise, and rejoice!
    Love and blessings to all now and always!

  56. Evan, Thank you

  57. I am filled to overflowing after reading/listening to this beautiful lift. So much loving care is taken to develop such a magnificent garden. Just like God develops and cares for each of us, and all living things, great and small. One of the most precious ideas about Christian Science for me is that we are and forever will be beautiful, cared for and watched over. Nothing is left out!

  58. Thank you for this beautiful trip to the gardens."God's handiwork is done..."Our job is to acknowledge it.
    You have brought these magnificent gardens to the middle of NYC.for me.What a special treat!

  59. Just pure joy! Thanks to Evan, our Daily Lift team and to all our inspired upLifters for sharing the inspiration. This synergy points to the forever-unfolding "beauty of holiness (wholeness)." And to accept that include this astounding beauty, since man includes the universe of all right ideas!

  60. Thank you ever so much, Evan. Before listening to your Lift, I had an enlarged view of the "our" and "them" in the first Bible citation in this week's lesson. After hearing your Lift, I was so very grateful for realizing the beauty of the one, all unfolding Mind that revealed those thoughts. My day truly is beautiful.

  61. Seeing the beautiful assortment of flowers and landscaping artistry brought a thought to mind. When you stated the flowers were here to be appreciated now before they faded, I thought wow, we don't cry and bemoan the fact that the flowers have faded and moved on. We remember them for their full beauty now and in the future, so why can't we do that when a beautiful idea of God fades from mortal view?

  62. Thank you for reminding me of this glorious place that I also visited during my stay in Holland! It is overwhelming and awe inspiring. Certainly makes you aware of the power of God's love to every single one of His creations...each tiny magnificent flower, each animal, and most of all, His glorious children = mankind....each endowed with individual magnificent characteristics. I love the saying: "I see God in every face".

  63. Thank you Diane #22 for the lovely poem that amplifies Evan's message. I have forwarded it to a number of friends. Another friend sent me a video a week ago of the gardens with rivers of flowers.
    I had decided to go there next spring when the gardens are open between March and May. Then
    came this wonderful Lift that reinforced my idea. I have often wondered how people can't seem
    to show the same appreciation for God's human flowers in all their colourful glory like they do for
    plants. But I guess we must give thanks when flowers aren't pulled up by the roots and hope for
    color and form-design appreciativeness to extend to humans.

  64. More flowers from the amazing Keukenhof "Kitchen Garden." Thanks again to Evan.


  65. Thank you Evan for sharing so much beauty . Let´s rejoice and be grateful !! We all belong to God´s so beautiful garden, His marvelous, perfect and harmonious creation.

  66. Beautiful !!! Thank you . :-)

  67. Loved the floral images reminding us of many spiritual images in life. Thanks, Evan!

  68. Thank you for today's lift. How true that flowers are symbols of infinite good. I was aware of the flowers on my walk today and beheld such beauty previously unobserved.

  69. In Truth, the physical is just a symbol of the beauty of what God expresses, and if you see it from a God perspective, then all you see is the beauty of God. Flowers with all the beautiful colors, the trees expressing it's hugeness and it's coolness protecting man from the heat of the sun. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Or the right thinker. So God Good take president of all.

  70. A belated thank you. Yes, seeing the beauty of God all around us. All the time. In all ways.

  71. Thank you

  72. Now that's what I call a "lift"

  73. Thank you Evan. Such beauty is first cherished in thought to behold such a manifestation as this during this period on Earth. Love for our divine Creator.

  74. Thank you!!!

  75. Thank you Evan. I loved the video of the beautiful flowers and gardens. This is a great way to think about daily gratitude.

  76. Thank you for the beautiful lift and for the loving comments. And thank you to Dolores for the extended, captivating and breathtaking trip to the gardens!!! Love definitely is expressed in this family!!!!

  77. Truly, God's world is beautiful. I am grateful. Thank you for this video lift.....lovely....

  78. Thank you.

  79. 'Such tender beauty'. Thank you.

  80. Thank you Evan. How spiritually beautiful. I could truly feel Gods gentle care.