At the moment on Facebook we are all being nominated to put a photograph, that means something to us, on our page each day for 10 days.

This is a picture of me during my ordination in June 2017 – the reason why it means so much to me is because the photographer captured the moment when I felt God smiling upon me.

At the end of every funeral that I have been taking through lock down, I turn to the small gathering outside the crematorium and say ;

And may…

The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”‘

I wonder if you have experienced that sense of God smiling upon you. It is a beautiful thing, that feeling of his face turning towards you and shining on you. It usually happens when you have had a deep sense of calling on your life to do something and when you are obedient and answer the call you feel in its fullness the face of the proud father.

We are called to live each day as Gods beloved children, to give, bless and love his family of loved ones and to be his son to those in need. When we are being Jesus to someone we don’t need thanks because what we are doing is for His glory and not ours.

This is a hard lesson to learn and even harder to live, I am certainly digging into this during lockdown, but what spurs me onto change my approval addiction is that my acts of kindness make my God turn his face toward me and smile.