In An Undying Love, I wrote:

The other night, Gemma-Rose climbed onto my knee for a big hug. She touched my face gently and said, “I think you’re the best mother in the world.”

“I bet other little girls think their mothers are the best,” I replied.

“You’re my best mother. You’re so pretty.”

“But I’m getting old.”

“No you’re not. I think you’re gorgeous.”

“You’re only saying that because I’m your mummy.”

“No I’m not. I don’t say things that aren’t true!” Gemma-Rose was rather indignant.

And then she hugged me tight and I enjoyed a very special moment.

I have been thinking about that conversation and also about beauty. Although my natural response is to argue with Gemma-Rose (how many of us protest when we are told we are beautiful?) I should believe my daughter: she is telling the truth. In her eyes I am beautiful. She thinks I am gorgeous.

What does she see? Why am I so beautiful in her eyes? She doesn’t notice the lines and beginning-to-sag skin. These are insignificant to her. They don’t register. What she sees is a mother she loves.

I think about how I look in God’s eyes. Does He notice my signs of ageing, the extra couple of kilos that I didn’t have a few years ago? Are these insignificant to Him? Or perhaps they are actually valuable to Him. Does He see a child of His whom He loves so very much? Does He think I am beautiful?

Perhaps little children have a true sense of beauty. Perhaps they see things in a similar way to God. When we grow up and lose our childhood innocence, we adopt the world’s standards of beauty. And we become dissatisfied.

So really I have no need of Picnik and photo-editing, and I don't have to know How to Look Gorgeous Forever . All that is fun but nothing more. When I want to feel beautiful all I have to do is pull Gemma-Rose onto my lap and listen to her words of truth. I am beautiful. We all are. We are all made in the image of God.
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  1. Beautifully said from a beautiful you1 Your daughter is very wise for her age!

  2. Thank you, Noreen! Gemma-Rose is indeed wise and very beautiful herself.

    God bless.

  3. Love it! Love it! I'm right there with you, Sue! Thank God that we were made in His image and likeness - despite the sags and wrinkles! And thank God for precious little (and not so little) ones who see past all that!

  4. Hi Dana,

    I think I focus on the wrong things sometimes. So self-centred of me to moan about the wrinkles. Instead I should be thanking God for all my blessings including my dear youngest daughter!

    God bless.

  5. Beautiful post. and so true. I need to remember this!

  6. Thank you, Colleen!

    I occasionally see a particular older lady at Mass. Her skin sags softly and is lined but she is so beautiful! Her beauty shines out from within her and has nothing to do with perfect skin and hair and youth. A beautiful soul can't be hidden. Yes, she is made in the image of God.


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