The Rev. Jon Hall writes in the March 2006 newsletter of St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Harrodsburg, Kentucky,
Recently I walked the grounds at Shaker Village. The simplicity and beauty of the architecture ministered to me deeply. Seeing the shapes and lines of Shaker design gave me the strong impression that the beauty we carve from and into is ultimately of God's design. Therefore the key is not to make the world reflect ornate busyness, but to reflect God's goodness. How do we do that? By creating God's handiwork whenever we invite the Lord to dwell in us. We share in God's abundant grace when we foster encouragement of our own faith lives and those around us. Lent is about making space and time to be with the very same One who created all of the world's most extravagent beauty. You too are beautiful and I pray that God's light continually shines on, in, and through you.