Marge brought Jennifer, who was new to our church, and introduced her to me. She shared why she had come to the Ascent and that she was encouraged by the service and hoped she and her husband could get involved as they were as leaders in their previous church. Again, what caught my attention by this poised and mature woman was her bright eyes. They sparkled and sang of a joy and love that only God can give.
Proverbs 15:30--Bright eyes cheer the heart; good news strengthens the bones.
I forgot the name of the first woman but I know I’ll see her in church again. I can’t imagine what her life is like but I know the hope that possesses her comes down from the Father of lights from whom every generous act and every perfect gift originates (James 1:17). When our faith is firmly focused on God, our eyes tell the story. They declare glory and proclaim worship. They speak of grace wrapped around wounded hearts like a warm blanket on cold nights. They define life not by what is suffered but by what is gained.
Brennan Manning wrote in The Ragamuffin Gospel, “Our eyes reveal whether our souls are spacious or cramped, hospitable or critical, compassionate or judgmental.” How are your eyes? What message do they convey? I pray they are bright and that you will bring men and women, boys and girls to the gates of life to know the One who made you to beam!
The thing that tells in the long run for God and for men is the steady persevering work in the unseen, and the only way to keep the life uncrushed is to live looking to God. Ask God to keep the eyes of your spirit open to the Risen Christ, and it will be impossible for drudgery to damp you.—Oswald Chambers in My Utmost For His Highest
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)