For we did learn and achieve something. There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them. It is arrogance in us to call frankness, fairness, and chivalry ‘masculine’ when we see them in a woman; it is arrogance in them to describe a man’s sensitiveness or tact or tenderness as ‘feminine.’ But also what poor, warped fragments of humanity most mere men and mere women must be to make the implications of that arrogance plausible. Marriage heals this. Jointly the two become fully human. ‘In the image of God created He them.’ Thus, by a paradox, this carnival of sexuality leads us out beyond our sexes.
-C.S. Lewis after the death of his wife.
I think it would be difficult to underestimate the harm potential gossip holds.
James 3:9 NIRV
With our tongues we praise our Lord and Father. With our tongues we call down curses on people. We do it even though they have been created to be like God.
Driving home from Marley's art class at Uptown Arts I glanced in my rearview while we waited at a traffic light. She was gazing out the window. Half of her face lit with sun. I couldn't look away for a moment. The perfection of her skin, the symmetry of her face, the large interested eyes, the open countenance... amazing. I do not forget that humans are works of art.