358. White. . .is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black. . . ~G. K. Chesterton

White, pristine, unblemished…

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The paper I write is white

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White is holy, pure

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They say light is white
Because it combines all colors

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So white is the mother of all colors

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The churning of all yellow, blue, green

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Colors sacrifice their egos
To the eternal white
The matriarch of all colors

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The fountain of extent colors
~Excerpted random lines
from a poem by John Matthew

White appears often in nature, and down through the ages references have been made to it in music, art, poetry, and prose. It seems it’s a color many have sought and still seek to embrace. Could it be because it’s the color of the heavenly orbs, the moon and stars that illuminate darkness, or because it’s the color of light, light that warms, heals, and inspires faith, or because it’s perceived as the color of purity, purity of the spirit, of the soul, and in the Christ. Regardless of what draws mortals into its web, many, like me, adore white and sing its praises especially the white flowery faces that grace a garden. In them it’s easy to see that as Chesterton asserts the color white is a “shining and affirmative” thing. Walter Bellingrath once rightfully noted that a garden “is like a beautiful woman with a different ball gown for each week of the year.” And dressed in her gowns of glistening white, a garden is one of the most glamorous and inspiring muses at the party.

Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do. Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. ~Ecclesiastes 9:7-8 ✝

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you save, you heal, you restore, and you reveal Your Father’s heart to us! You have captured me with grace and I’m caught in Your infinite embrace!

**Some of the images are from Pinterest

49 thoughts on “358. White. . .is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black. . . ~G. K. Chesterton

  1. When I use to teach our color theory unit, I always explained to the kids that white and black are not actually considered colors but rather are the excess of light and the absence of light. It would make sense that white, which represents purity and holiness, would be the excess of light–as I think that light is the center of the Creator, the true Light for “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:4-5)
    Beautiful Natalie—julie

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  2. Natalie, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of your photos and the topic white. I think white is a very elegant color for flowers and I love it. Warm regards Mitza

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  3. Am I in seventh heaven or in the Garden of Eden,dear Natalie ? Your writing,your photos,your compositions radiate light and bliss,your white flowers are like glossy pearls shining under the sun rays ; how beautifully you hymn the colour of colours, the colour of purity and peace.Lily white,snow white blossoms with pure dazzling light elevating the senses to divine heights ! I so much enjoyed the journey to the heavenly realms of the White colour … Love ♥ and hugs , Doda 🙂

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