June 30

When You said “Seek My Face”, my heart said to You, “.Your Face O Lord, I shall seek”.  Psalm 27:8

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made to God.  Philippians 4:6

You enter a crowded room, looking for a friend. You stand on tiptoes, searching all around, your arm raised, ready to wave.  So many bodies, so many faces.

Faces are important.  All are different but all the same.  Each face has a nose, two eyes, a mouth.  But some faces are round, some long, some square.  Some faces are bright and friendly, ready to smile at any moment. Some are grim, maybe sad, some faces avoid you while some look straight into your eyes.  Some eyes are brown, some green, some blue or even black.  Yes, faces are important.  How would we recognize each other without a face.

God asks us to seek him, to seek his face.  Like the writer of Psalm 27, we are eager to do so.  But how?  We can gaze at the clouds, the sun, the flowers, the trees and all creation.  Or we can enter that crowded room again and search the faces, brown, white, black. And if we are expectant and reverent, we can see God in each of them.

“Breathe on me, breath of God, Fill me with life anew,

That I may love all that you love

And do what you would do.”  Amen

Joan Perlich

Hymn, #488, Lutheran Book of Worship, first verse