blessedActs 2: 28 says, “You have made known to me the ways of LIFE; You shall make me full of joy with your countenance”.

So often, when we think about being hit in the face with life we are thinking in lower case letters. We reflect instances of rejection and disappointment, grief and loss, sickness and pain and a thousand other little things that accumulate their wear and tear upon our face.

But, what if we thought in capital letters, or as we used to say growing up – BIG letters? What happens to us when LIFE hits us in the face? What is reflected, then? Joy? The fullness of the Holy Spirit? The wonderful works of God?

When God told Moses and Aaron how to teach the people of God to bless one another, thinking about it in capital letters becomes important. The places in the path of life where we build up and strengthen our faith and where we bring life to others are both highlighted by LIFE hitting us in the face. “May the Lord bless you and keep you; MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON YOU, and be gracious unto you; LIFT UP HIS COUNTENANCE UPON YOU and give you peace.” (Numbers 6: 24 – 26)

Face to face with the Lord, we face life and all of its tribulations. Face to face with God, we reflect the joy and glory of His presence. Turn our face away from that direct and intimate relationship and everything looks different. We will look different.

I am finishing up vacation today and I thank everyone for their prayers for us while we’ve been away from home. Today’s post is a reflection of our time apart as I have been writing a book called, Putting on the Face of Grace. That’s the tentative title, anyway. I hope you will get excited about having it for yourself. After some refining and editing, it will be ready in the spring through Kindle on and directly from us.

The Lord bless you today and you be ready to shine when LIFE hits you in the face!