A smile or a frown?

“God, mark us with grace and blessing! Smile!” Psalm 67:1

imageLyricist Smokey Robinson wrote a great song, “A smile is a frown just turned upside down.” Everyone looks better with a smile, and it helps us feel better. In today’s text, according to the Psalmist, God is smiling on us as a sign of his love for us. But does God frown on us when we aren’t so lovable?

When I was a kid someone told me I had a fake smile. Since then I’ve never liked to have my picture taken. I’d practice smiling before class picture day at school, but I always ended up looking like a child in extreme distress. The pictures were even worse when I had front teeth missing, freshly permed hair, and a frilly outfit that made me look like a football player in a dress. I have a scrapbook full of pictures of my youth you will never see on Facebook!

To think God is smiling on me is enough to make me smile back, with a real smile. If God does frown on us when he sees us making the same mistakes over and over, it only takes a few muscles of prayer and repentance to turn that frown upside down into a grace-filled smile.

Dear Lord, remind me to smile at you more often. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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