“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” II Corinthians 3:18
Last weekend, we celebrated Mikey’s 52nd birthday. What a celebration! Everywhere we went, his friends greeted him with balloons, ribbons and his favorite, quarters (they go into the drink machine for his favorite Dr. Pepper.) The look on his face was priceless. He wore his party hat everywhere we went, including Food Lion. With his siblings, nieces, nephews and friends he was celebrated in fine style. How very blessed we are that so many people love him like we do. Comments were made time and time again about the radiance of his precious face. With this in mind I thought of how wonderful it would be if everyone’s face displayed kindness and joy. What a world this would be.
Later, while watching a movie that was set in the 1400s, the scene showed a lady putting her jewelry on while looking in a mirror. Her reflection was distorted, I suppose, by the primitive glass or metal used in that day. This fleeting scene prompted a conversation about what mirrors are made of and reflections in general. One of the questions was, “What do others really see in me; on the inside and on the outside?”
Our scripture today are words by the Apostle Paul reminding all Christians that our lives are a reflection of Christ to the world. Many may not study God’s Word, but they will study you and me as God’s people! This gives us a great opportunity to do good, to befriend others, and to try to seek the hearts and minds of those who don’t know Jesus.
With this in mind, let’s consider how much time we spend looking in the mirror. As Christians we should look more often, not as an act of vanity, but of examination. Is our reflected face one of joy and peace? Is it one that is transfigured by the Holy Spirit? Our prayer each day should be to ask the Heavenly Father to help us wear a face of joy so that others will see His glory. By just looking at us are we someone others would want to get to know? Most of all, would they want to know Jesus? Think about it!
PRAYER TIME: Please pray for John Landeau, Patsy McGuire, Paul Moody, Louise Greene, Margaret and Rudy Hartley, Pat McNeill, Kathy Pennell, Eddie Bentley, Mikey Pitts, Lorene Eidson, Butch Pitts, Ann Greene, Matthew Ford, Christopher Teams and his grandmother, Blanche, Joe Greene, Mary Hicks, Mabel Church, Peter Floistad, Bob Miller, Rachel Moody, Teri Graham and her parents, Brenda Lentz, Marshall and Doris Edwards, Marie Moody, Adam Lewis, Lisa Abernathy, Wendy Estes, Sharon Pitts, Marilyn Crisp, Reba Moretz, Maxine Sparks, Brian Helton, Anna Lee Lawrence, Jewel Moody, Jill Dixon, James Sigmon, Jim Greene, Recie Craig, Stanley Coffey and many unspoken requests, for our Military, our Nation and leaders and a ray of hope for those in prison.
OUR SYMPATHY TO: The family of John D. Broyhill who passed away last week. Also, keep the family of Dr. Thomas D. Vance who passed away last week. They were two special people and families that have left their footprints in Blowing Rock.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: June Turner on June 6th, to Lutcher Church on June 9th, to Ken McEwin, Linda B. Brown and Cissy Hampton on June 12th. May the good Lord bless you in His most wondrous and serendipitous way!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO: Allen and Dena Lutz on June 6th. May the good Lord bless you with many more years together.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “A smile is a curve that can set a lot of things straight!”