Golden moments that take your breath away

forsythia and snow

One morning as I awoke to find the Virginia landscape covered with a fresh blanket of snow, I marveled at the beauty of the God’s creation while visiting my daughter. As I looked out of her kitchen window, I also noticed a plaque with these words:

Life is not measured by the breaths we take

But by the moments that take our breath away.

I thought of the splendor of the morning sunrise and the evening sunset, the purple mountain majesty of Colorado Rockies, and other scenes of Nature that move me to tears. I flipped through the photo gallery of my mnd, as I savored a series of special “golden moments” that left me speechless in the presence of God.

As a junior in high school, my English teacher, Mrs. Hortense House, required her students to memorize “Barter,” an exquisite poem by Sara Teasdale. I can still recall the poem by heart, and the words came to mind, especially the last stanza, as looked out of the window and then read the quotation:

Barter

Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children’s faces looking up
Holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit’s still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.

Sara Teasdale

Take a look at this video-clip of images related to the poem:

I also recall the lyrics to a song by Michael W. Smith with a similar title:

You Take My Breath Away

Glory so beautiful
The earth displays your majesty
How could you ever be
So mindful of someone as me
You captive
Splendor I have never seen
Nothing else can compare
You’re infinite, you’re everywhere

(Chorus)
You’re everything I can’t explain
You set my heart on fire
And here I stand amazed
You take me breath away
You take me breath away

See me, all I am
These empty hands are all I can give
That you would die so I’d live
Your sacrifice I can’t believe
You fascinate
You stole my heart, I can’t forget
And now that I’ve felt your love
No turning back, I can’t get enough

(Bridge)
With just one word
With just one glance
I’m lost in this divine romance
And every single day more than I can say
You take my breath away

(Chorus)
You’re everything I can’t explain
You set my heart on fire
And here I stand amazed
You take me breath away
The morning breaks, my soul awakes
You are my one desire
And I here stand amazed
You take my breath away

Oh Oh Oh – Oh Oh Oh – Oh Oh Oh
You take my breath away
Oh Oh Oh – Oh Oh Oh – Oh Oh Oh
You take my breath away
You take my breath away

Our lives are filled with breath-taking “golden moments” for us to savor and cherish each day.

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2 Responses to “Golden moments that take your breath away”

  1. Melissa Says:

    So true Daddy! So true…

    • Dr. J Says:

      The view from your kitchen window and the plaque in the window inspired this blog entry: another breath-taking instance that I cherish.

      Dad

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