When we appreciate art, isn’t it partly for the experience of seeing something difficult done with grace? Isn’t it a perfect metaphor for how we wish life would be?

Josh Ritter – I may be quoting Mr. Ritter here out of context, and certainly outside of his intention, but where his intention is well aimed, his range is a bit short. Beauty, which is difficult to achieve, points at the way we wish the world were.

Beauty is another reminder that the world is broke.  No matter how many times the artists attempt to make the world beautiful, it is still full of ugliness. But our endless attempts say we expect the world could be beautiful, and each word that a poet puts to page, each stroke that a painter puts to canvas, and each ping of the hammer and chisel to marble calls out, “Come Lord Jesus! Come quickly.”

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