July 28, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

“…he did not know that the skin of his face had become radiant while he conversed with the Lord.” (Exodus 34:29-35)

RADIANT: Moses did not realize that each time he spoke with the Lord, his face would literally “light up.”

I hear people use that expression sometimes, most often when they are speaking about babies. Someone is holding a baby girl, and mommy or daddy comes into view. The baby kicks her legs and smiles a big smile, perhaps even giggles a little. The person holding the baby says to the parent, “She just lit up when you came into the room!”

What they mean is that the baby was excited, energized, and joyful at the sight of the parent.

The same thing happens when Carol goes away on a mission trip. She is gone for a week or ten days, and I go to the airport to pick her up upon return. I feel my heart pumping. When I see her, I can feel myself “light up.” I am so excited to see her beautiful face again.

Do we have this experience when it comes to the time we spend with God? Do we “light up” when we get a chance to pray? Are we excited and energized? Is there joy? Are we radiant?

This is God’s hope for us. He wants us to light up when we see Him come into view, when we feel His presence in our lives…to kick our legs and smile a big smile. He wants us to be radiant with His love.

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