Smile, God Loves You · 17 April 2007

There is a lady at our church, who, when we have not seen each other for a while says, “I have missed your smile.” Martha has the most wonderful smile and it amazes me how much joy and happiness she shares with her beautiful smile.

When I think of Martha and her smile, I have no doubt in my mind what the source of that smile is. It is God’s love. She radiates God’s boundless love with not just her smile but with her whole being. She smiles with her lips, of course, and she smiles with her eyes as anybody with true happiness does. But you do not need to look very deep into her eyes to see that she is smiling with her heart. Nor do you need to listen very long to hear God’s praises come from her mouth. To see her smile and hear her voice is to be refreshed in heart and spirit. Martha’s entire being says, “God loves you and so do I.” It is like being in the presence of an angel to be around this wonderful lady.

I know that being around me is nothing like being near an angel but I do hope that my smile and my words let people know that God loves them and that I love them too. I hope that being around me makes people smile. I hope that I, like Martha, say heartfelt words like, “I have missed your smile.” I hope that God’s love shines through my smile as it does hers. And I hope that like her, I brighten a room by entering rather than by leaving.

I need to tell my friend at church “Thank you.” Her smile and her kind words always brighten my day. And even though she most often says it, I too miss seeing her smile when our paths have not crossed for a while. I miss seeing my friend, Martha, whose whole being says, “Smile, God loves you.”

© 2007 Michael T. Miyoshi

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