…the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. Numbers 6:26
When you pull out a photo album and meander through it, one can find smiles. By this I mean when looking at old photos of our life lived with others, we remember moments in time. Those moments, mostly happy and joyous times, can bring smiles to our faces. We see loved ones laughing and beaming, full of warmth and brightness, posing for our photos, turning their faces toward our camera.
I wonder, does God have photo albums? Does God look down upon God’s people and remember the good, the great, and the loving things in our lives?
This verse from Numbers provides some assistance. “Countenance” is an old French word for “appearance,” a noun that means the appearance, especially the features and expression of the face, approval or favor; encouragement; moral support.
So, I get it- God watches over us and the face of God shines favor and acceptance upon us. I can just picture the Lord’s face, the expression a permanent smile, like when we remember those good times and everyone is smiling- God enjoying God’s children and grandchildren, looking over them in the playground of the world.
God comes to us—with a shining, smiling face and a blessing to carry us through this life with his care, his grace and his peace. Our faces—and our lives along with them—can bring joy and peace and happiness to other people.
Prayer: Gracious and loving God, we thank you and praise you for the gift of your countenance. May we live under your blessing and be a shining, smiling blessing to all those whose lives we touch.
Pastor Sherry Miller