As  I went about the daily--the daily sameness of living--I stopped as I stood in front of the mirror.  I stopped---paused---and thought about the reflection that was peering back at me.  Squinting my eyes --studying the image--reflecting not only on what I saw--but who the person is that is staring back at me.  As I paused and pondered, I began to see not the superficial outside--but more--much more.  I peered into my eyes - deep within them - to the very core of me and who I am.

It is my choice of what I see as I gaze into that mirror.  I decide if I will gaze and see the reflection the world would have me to see.  A mirror is not like a photo---there is no capability of air-brushing or re-takes.  When you stare into that mirror---are you gauging the reflection by what the world has told you or are you peering through the eyes of truth?

As I looked in that mirror---I tried to look with the eyes of Christ--not the eyes of the world.  The eyes we peer through totally change the reflection we see.  As I look deep into my eyes---I see a beautiful creation--created in God's own image.  The world has told me different.  

As I gaze deep-deep into those eyes--I see reflected love--love I have learned from His example.  I see compassion for those in pain--in struggles--in need--in grief--in illness--  Deep compassion that draws me to tears when I hear or see the burdens you must bear.  

I see lines by my eyes and my mouth caused from years of laughing and huge smiles.  Years of blessings raining down upon me in the form of children, grands, family, and friends.  All of whom have gifted me with great delight and wonder and my expressions reflect the blessings they bestowed on my life.  I am blessed to have these blessing lines.

Most important--when I gaze in that mirror through the eyes of Christ---I see His good glory reflected.  His creation which He loves dearly--His Holy presence living in the very depth of my being.  A reflection of the aura of His protection and provision and the beauty of His sacrificial love.  I see the true reflection of me and who I am---His beloved.

On This Thanksgiving Eve
My Prayer Is For a Day Filled
With the Wonder
Of His Deep-Deep Love For You
As I Send A Holy Hug
In Thankfulness For
The Blessing Of You In My Life.

"For the Lord your God is living among you.

He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With His love, He will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs." 

Zeph. 3:17

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