Randy's Reflections
December 29, 2017, 10:12 AM

Advent Words of Winter

Beams

How do you picture Jesus? I don’t mean skin tone or color of eyes and hair, but does he have a stern, scowling face or a face which is serene or happy? Maybe he has a face that has a Mona Lisa smile. The lyricist of Silent Night says he there were “Radiant beams from Thy holy face.” It makes me think of a face of a child showing wonder and joy. Too often I think of Jesus as a non-smiling somber man. Someone who has known the hardness of life and is unrelenting in his view of justice, yet Jesus was compassionate and welcoming. Jesus is merciful and forgiving, so remember he loves you more than anything, like a doting grandpa or grandma.

Lord, help us not only to see others with compassion and open arms, but help us to picture you with a loving smile. We are the ones who need your encouragement and embrace and we need to know that we can come to you at anytime. Help us to turn to you whenever we are in need and to know that your grace welcomes us all the time. Amen.