Posts Tagged ‘Maya Angelou’

A golden moment that took my breath away

October 10, 2020

This morning as I awoke and began my morning meditation, I opened an email from Kary Oberbrunner, who posted some words of encouragement and a breathtakingly beautiful photo of a sunset taken by his daughter. As I marveled at the beauty of God’s creation while reflecting on Kary’s comments, the words of Maya Angelou also came to mind:

Life is not measured by the breaths we take But by the moments that take our breath away.

Lately, I have come to appreciate the splendor of each morning sunrise and evening sunset and other scenes of Nature that move me to tears. I added this photo to the keep-sake gallery of my mind, as I savored another “golden moment” 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 at the photo and thought about the quotation from Maya Angelou:

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
Your 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 my breath away
You take my 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 my 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.