I have to admit, I like people who are quirky. Maybe that’s because I’m a little bit quirky myself. Really, the more you get to know people, you realize that everyone is unique. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, their passions and aversions. I confess I enjoy the company of those who wear their uniqueness flamboyantly – not that they always have a choice. I know that can feel uncomfortable, like being a turtle without a shell. I just want to say that I see you. I think you’re great. Thanks for being you. There’s no one else like you and you are needed. God needs you. We all need you. You’re an important, precious part of this world with unique gifts to bring to it. Here’s a little poem about the beauty of variety by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things—

   For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;

       For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;

Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;

   Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;

       And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;

   Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)

      With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;

He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

                                     Praise Him.

Whatever is going on today, I hope you receive God’s affirmation and blessing, and know that you are a gift.

Pastor Jeanne