How could this face not brighten your day?

By November 17, 2013Reflections

SmilinggirlPsalm 8: O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!




Gena_new1Last night’s sunset was simply amazing. I hope that you got the chance to see it. It was like a rainbow of colors layered on top of one another. At the bottom was red, then orange, then yellow, then green, and then blue. It was absolutely stunning.

All too often, I miss out on the Wonder and Awe of God’s creation. I don’t notice what is around me because I am too busy scurrying around trying to get things done.

But the good news is I have two little girls who help me to pause. They remind me of what is important in life. They remind me to stop and take time to see the intricate lines on a tree or the cool Roly Polies. They remind me to stop, take notice of what is around me, and to give thanks to God for that.

I think this is why Jesus tells the disciples to be like little children in the Gospels. I think it is because there is something so beautiful about children and their relationship to the world around them. They have a pure and unadulterated love for creation. The littlest things can bring them Joy. A little smile on their face can brighten up your day.

When I was a child, I didn’t understand why my mother always dragged me to the nursing home or homes of our relatives. I thought it was a silent form of torture having me sit there for an hour and talk. But as an adult, I have realized what my mom was doing. She was trying to instill in me a love for all people regardless of age. She was trying to brighten up my relative’s lives by bringing her children to see them. She was trying to teach me what it meant to be unselfish. In other words, she was raising me up in the Christian faith.

As a mother myself now, I understand the importance of my children doing this also. Do you know how much joy you bring into another person’s life when you simply go visit them and sit with them?

Almighty God, majestic and wonderful are the works of your hands. You set the sun in the heavens to warm our days. You rolled the moon and stars in your hands, and flung them across the skies to light up the night. You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life. We spend our days immersed in your love, breathing in your grace and love with every breath that we take. We spend our nights filled with the assurance of your presence. Your love is everlasting, and we come into your presence with thanksgiving, praise, and wonder. As people who know brokenness and sorrow, we are grateful for your presence in our lives. Help us to always stand in Awe and Wonder of the world that you created, Amen.


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