Turn your eyes and see peace.

Christ Jesus,
in our hearts,

It is by looking toward you,
by gathering in your name,
that your Church grows in unity.

Enable us to love faithfulness
and to walk with you.

You guide our steps
on the paths of peace.

– Amen

 

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
by Helen H. Lemmell, 1922

  1. O soul, are you weary and troubled?
    No light in the darkness you see?
    There’s light for a look at the Savior,
    And life more abundant and free!

    • Refrain:
      Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
      Look full in His wonderful face,
      And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
      In the light of His glory and grace.
  2. Through death into life everlasting
    He passed, and we follow Him there;
    O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
    For more than conqu’rors we are!
  3. His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
    Believe Him, and all will be well:
    Then go to a world that is dying,
    His perfect salvation to tell!

 

A prayer for focus on what’s important – Seeking the face of God

Another of my shortest prayers.

Stepping into the unknown…

Trying to figure out what is “right” or which way to go…

Wondering if my spirit is here, alone, maybe forgotten by a too-busy God …

Worrying that maybe there really is nothing more than this-here, and this-now, because if that is so, then what does this-here-now all mean?

 

I turn back to a small passage in the middle of Psalm 27, of the Psalmist seeking an intimate, personal connection with God:

Take heed, Oh LORD
when I call:
have mercy and hear me.

You speak in my heart and say,
Seek my face.”

Your face – LORD – will I seek.

What does that mean to you: to see into the face of God?

Beyond the spiritual moment of seeing some entity or some bright light that we fantasize to be what Ywwh looks like, do we look at a field of growing vegetables and see God? Water rushing down a fast river and polishing rocks smooth? Standing back and watching a single moment of happiness between two people? The mottled blue and red light through cathedral windows falling on a cool stone floor?

Is the face of God in all that (and more,) and do we recognize it when it comes?

Lots of questions and not many answers. But one prayer follows my emotions and as I step into a new unknown, or I feel great sadness, or intense happiness, and when I feel great physical pain, my words are:

God:
show me your face.
Open my eyes that I might see.

Amen

Keep the faith!