I was looking at the wonderful blessing the other day found in Deuteronomy 6:24-26. The NIV states,
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
It is a beautiful rendering but I like the NLT better because it uses the word “smile” instead of “face shine.” I think it is a more contextual way of putting it.
‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favour and give you his peace.’ A smile is such a powerful force, transmitting so many things, especially when it comes from God. It shows that you are being recognized. It sends a message of good intention. It ultimately is an expression of love and joy. A smile is a powerful force. As someone has wisely said, “Your smile is more important than anything else you wear.” When I have the privilege of seeing my Granddaughter, I am always welcomed with the most beautiful and precious smile. It lights up my life. When I first go into Richard and Allison’s home, and little Nora hears my voice, she turns and gives me a smile that melts my heart – there is nothing that means more. She knows her old Pa and she welcomes me with a joyous heart. I know many of you have the same experience with those you love. My friends may this reflection cause you to smile. The Psalmist prays, “Smile on your servant! Deliver me because of your faithfulness! (Psalm 31:6 NET Bible). Remember how God delivers us daily, how gracious He is to us. Take the time to make someone smile over the phone, through an email, or through social media. In these challenging days, we can help each other lighten the load by bringing a smile. It doesn’t cost anything but our time. I believe our acts of love and kindness bring a smile to Jesus! I want to thank all those who have caused me to smile over the past while. Those smiles have kept me strong. God bless you! Keep smiling and keep in the love of Jesus. Remember, “A smile goes along way but you will have to start it on its journey.” God bless you – Pastor Ralph