Let His Face Shine Upon You
Relegated to the confines of my home the past few days, and only making the occasional run to Publix; I have had ample time to think about my religion and how it has comforted me during these uncertain times. For my recent birthday, my wife and daughter gave me Jon Meacham’s new book “The Hope of Glory, Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross”. Some friends gave me a couple of Adam Hamilton’s books, which I am looking forward to studying; since I loved his “Making Sense of the Bible”.
I would like to share a few passages from my readings that I feel we can all use right now. Meacham reminds us that Paul told us we are all one in Christ Jesus; all are equal, precious, worthy. Humility is essential; generosity, vital; love, central. The 105thPsalm tells us to seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore. This reminds me of a favorite saying from my youth that goes something like: “May the Lord be with you, and make his face shine upon you for now and evermore.” Again, Meacham offers some guidance from Paul; to be at peace among ourselves, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak and be patient with them. Always seek to do good to one another. Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks and hold fast to what is good.
My hope is that we can all practice these concepts as we navigate these trying times. Offer whatever services we can on our church’s website. Be kind to, and encourage those on the front lines; such as medical personnel, first responders, and those all-important workers at the grocery store. Show love in all you do. Check on your neighbors, call your friends and family. Let your face shine upon them, that it will show them The Way in their struggles. Be blessed, and keep the faith. You are all loved.