“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us.” Psalm 67:1
I remember one of my mother’s favorite sayings: “How I love to see your shining face.” When faces shine they are elated, full of joy, love and anticipation. “Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow” are the words in a familiar carol that describes children waiting for Christmas.
It is humbling and awesome at the same time to me that God wants to bless us and be gracious to us. But more than that, He wants to shine upon us. Why? So we can spread the light. When I have been in His presence, His light is reflected in me for others to see. The Old Testament talks of Moses’ face shining so brightly after he communed with God that he had to veil it.
Jesus said He is the Light of the World, the one thing that can dispel the shadows in our souls. We, too, are called to “let our light so shine before mankind that people may see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
When God’s light shines upon us, we are blessed double-fold. We receive the warmth of His loving presence and are also called to be His reflection to a dark, hurting world. Like the star over Bethlehem, we become a beacon for all seeking truth, love, and refuge. In anticipation, with our eyes all aglow, we point to our Savior.
Shine, Jesus shine. Amen.
How will you reflect the light of Christ this holiday season? Will other people bustling and shopping see Him reflected in your face? Need practical ideas? Here are 8 Out-of-the-Box Ways to Gift Love This Christmas.