Lately I have been pondering the word radiance.It for sure has always been a favorite of mine- it puts magnificent pictures in your mind, makes you ponder the unknown, and rings a life of fullness.Something that every Christian should strive to bring to the seekers of this world.
I'm going to share a few of my thoughts and what has been brought unintentionally, to my attention concerning a life of radiance.
While I had this in the back of my mind I can across a video made by one of my favorite ladies who does a lot of tutorials on Jewish hair-covering.In this video she is actually answering the question "Why don't Jews cover their faces?" She explains that most Orthodox Jews would even say that it is a Jewish law that they not cover their faces.That while their bodies can attract the wrong attention and distract us of what the person actually is internally, which is why practicing Jews modestly cover their bodies, the face is different and is said to be a window into the soul.While I couldn't agree with her every word because of our difference in belief through eternal life in Christ I can be intrigued by what she is saying- our faces, expressions and our faith can shine through our physical faces and shine radiantly as a testimony of our Master's love.Though she is saying this from a slightly different perspective than me it was/is very interesting! Even before I knew that she had filmed such a video I could see her radiance, her 'ore pen`ean' the Hebrew would meaning 'light of the face'. I am now praying for her daily that she come to believe the truth that Jesus is the Messiah.Besides that all I can think is- how much more should I shine because I know the truth of the Word!?
We all have a duty to shine the beauty of Christ! If not- just because He is our creator! Especially because we as Christians are to bring light to the world. We should have a radiance- a bursting a bubbling of joy, of life, of love!
Other than the video and just a picture here and there of people's faces, and their obvious radiant joy, this is one of the verses that lept out at me and was used in our sermon on Sunday that has blessed me so much!
"Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame."
Psalm 34:5 (NIV)
Oh let us rejoice! That we may look upon Christ, be radiant, and never be shamed by our belief in Him!
Let our light so shine!
By the time we got home after services and the luncheon, my hair was, as you can see, quite dilapidated. But it was easy and looked especially nice from the side.
It was pretty epic taking these- with Bek backed all the way up, standing with her back against the coat closet door, the front door wide open, and me standing not a foot from the stoop on the sidewalk.
Come spring, come!
We have covered a lot of ground here!
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the Elder sister and Writer