Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 34.5

“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”

It’s an interesting way to describe them – those who look to the LORD – as radiant.

But as you think of it, perhaps it makes sense.

Consider the contrast between light and dark in the scriptures.  Think about how we are to be the “light of the world.”  Remember how the scriptures speak of Moses’ face after his communion with God.

So maybe it makes sense that the Psalmist speaks of the ones who seek God reflect His glory.

That same Psalm continues:

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”

To look to God is to receive

  • Grace
  • Peace
  • Guidance
  • Forgiveness
  • Love
  • Purpose
  • Wisdom
  • Hope
  • And much more.

No wonder we can’t help but reflect the radiance of God.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for shining your radiant love into my life, and showing me how to reflect it to others.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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