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Poem: Lord Give Us Your Smile

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Sunrise over Perth, Western Australia

Sunrise over Perth, Western Australia

Have you ever thought of God as smiling? Many people have been presented with an image of God as a serious judge waiting to condemn and punish us for our sins. Some children have been taught to think of Him as an angry parent who gets upset when they do wrong. However, although God hates our sinful acts (Psalm 5:4), His attitude toward us is love (1John 4:8), and smiling is appropriate for a loving God.

The concept of a smiling God is not new, and the language in the newer Bible versions proves it. In the old King James Version of the Bible, the priestly blessing in Numbers 6:25 petitions "the light of God’s countenance," while the New Living Translation states, "May the Lord smile." Again in Psalm 4:6, David prays in the older version, "Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us" while the newer version states, "Let your face smile on us, Lord."

The images of God's smiles (symbolized by His lighted countenance) in the older version refer to His grace, His favor or approval. The following poem is born out of human desire to replace the image of a straight-faced, angry-looking God with that of a concerned, caring, loving God who encourages us with His smiles throughout the day.

Poem: Lord, Give Us Your Smile

At Sunrise

We begin a new journey when the new day starts;
Yesterday’s steps recede as night departs;
We face today with the understanding
That brand new challenges may be pending.
We engage in devotion and meditation;
We give You the control of our situation;
And it boosts our faith if just for a while,
We envision Your fatherly face with a smile.

Your smile gives direction; Your smile bestows joy;
Your smile provides courage over fears that annoy;
Your smile imparts strength for the daily mile;
With the gift of a new day, Lord, give us Your smile.

Downtown from Roundhouse Park by Peter.  Text added.

Downtown from Roundhouse Park by Peter. Text added.

At Midday

As the day progresses and our work takes it toll,
We input our influence on history’s scroll.
We try to lift the burdens of others,
Regardless whether they’re foes or brothers.
We do what we can and we hope that we’re right;
But we make errors, some are plain oversight.
It helps to prevent us from feeling vile
If we know You watch over us with a smile.

Your smile says You’ll complete what You started in us;
Your smile makes us lessen our worries and fuss;
Your smile proves our efforts are not futile;
In the heat of the workday, Lord, give us Your smile.

Sunset in Jakarta by Daniel Berthold.  Text added.

Sunset in Jakarta by Daniel Berthold. Text added.

At Sunset

And when the day ends and the time comes to retire
From the hustle and bustle of labor for hire;
We may rest and reflect on the impact we made,
And wonder if we caused Your smile to fade.
The words that we’ve spoken, and the deeds we’ve done;
Have been assessed and to eternity gone.
We trust in Your grace, and pray all the while,
That we gain Your blessing and Your smile.

Your smile reminds us of Your love and Your grace;
Your smile urges our hearts to put You in first place;
Your smile is enduring; our lives are fragile
At the end of life’s day, Lord give us Your smile.


Author's Reflection

God's Smile Pervades All My Senses

Based on God’s declaration of Himself that “my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isaiah 58:9), my mind conjures up a vision of His smile being more enthusing and more encompassing than mine.

So, from the first scent of morning air still moist with last night’s dew,
I inhale the freshness of God’s smile;
On the face of a baby smiling at me, it is His smile that I see;
In the tweet of the blackbird outside my window,
His smile takes on sound;
It touches me in the whiff of a cooling breeze across my neck;
And how pleasant, the sweet taste of His smile in the bite of a juicy fruit!
God’s smile pervades my senses.

© 2012 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 30, 2019:

Brenda, I'm with you in taking advantage of new opportunities. God's smiles, like His mercies are new every morning.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 29, 2019:

Heartfelt words reminding us that God is with us. He smiles each moment we are trying to make it through out our day.

Sometimes it is difficult to treat others as God wants us too...thankfully there is a new day.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 14, 2013:

Skye, thanks for your kind comment. Read your poem and you did an amazing job. I love you, too.

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on February 14, 2013:

msdora This is a beautiful, moving heartfelt lovely poem dear sister. I savored the words. They flow like the fresh living waters. God smiles on this one indeed. It is stunning. I am so grateful I landed here for this blessed read. I did not realize you were such a poet. Imagine I did not know it. Love you sister. Skye. Linked out.

I just published a new poem do come for a visit when you have a minute. Hugs to you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 10, 2012:

Thanks for your comment, wtaylorjr. Glad you believe in the effects of God's smile. Just as an observation (no argument here): It seems that to believe that He smiles is to believe that He exists. Just couldn't resist. I respect your position.

William H Taylor from Binghamton NY on December 10, 2012:

There is an important lesson here. I have seen many arguments about the existence of God. Some claim to be true scientist and state they do not believe in God. Some claim to be believers and claim the do not believe in the fruits of science, the most obvious being evolution. To me, whether or not God exists is irrelevant, the only relevant thing is what you wrote. To paraphrase, the affects of his smile can relieve pain, can inspire action, can render guidance to those who believe. I neither believe God exists, nor believe God doesn't exist as I simply don't know. I do know the effects of God on others and in some cases I do approve, I believe those cases are vital to our survival. Those are the cases that you have given a rule to discover here.

Thank you for this post, it is both beautiful and useful, so in all awesome!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 03, 2012:

Sure DDE. Every day has its purpose and seeing God's smile helps us through..

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 03, 2012:

Thanks and so true we experience these days for a reason

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 20, 2012:

Miscellanea, thanks for reading and sharing. So happy that you like it; hope the people with whom you share also find some benefit from it.

Tarik Aarbaoui from Morocco on November 20, 2012:

Oh reminding us of God :) Thank you so much for this spiritual hub, which I love so much and must be shared in my facebook, twitter, tumblr and dunno what :) thx

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on November 18, 2012:

Thanks so much for this reminder, MsDora. Many folks seem to feel that He is just full of punishments for us.

Laughter is the best medicine also. Therefore, it must be from Him!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 18, 2012:

C-M, you go right on, laughing. There isn't a verse that talks about God laughing, but He made laughter, and He gives us reason to laugh. In the book of Proverbs it says that a merry heart has medicinal value, and in Psalm 126 says: "our mouth filled with laughter (because) the Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad."

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on November 17, 2012:

Same to you, Ms. Dora. I like to reread this beautiful poem over and over. It makes me feel so much better.

CMarie from York, Maine on November 15, 2012:

MsDora thank you for your lovely, inspiring poetry and information regarding the smiling. I once looked up if Jesus ever joked or smiled, laughed and all I got was that he may have smirked. I'm laughing all the time so it made me feel a bit idiotic. Maybe I am sometimes too much of the world, however, all I have to do is take a look around and I can't help but to laugh. I thank God every day for the opportunity to maybe be of service somewhere and pray that it's of a humorous endeavor ... Sometimes I get truly blessed. - Cher

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 14, 2012:

Thanks, Treasuresofheaven, for reminding me that He's smiling right now. I appreciate your comment.

Sima Ballinger from Michigan on November 14, 2012:

So tender and thoughtful. I love this. One of my favorite lines is, " Your smile imparts strength for the extra mile." This poem is powerpacked will the knowledge of what it means to have God's smile. I think he's smiling at you right now!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 14, 2012:

Thanks, BlossomSB! I appreciate your comments. God's blessings on you too!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on November 14, 2012:

A lovely concept presented in a beautiful, thoughtful poem. Thank you for the reminder and may God bless you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 13, 2012:

Sunnie Day,

Cloud Explorer,

Huntgoddess

Your Cousins,

Thanks to you all for reading and leaving such encouraging comments. Hope the vision of God's smile stays with you forever.

Your Cousins from Atlanta, GA on November 13, 2012:

This is very well rhymed and I love the way you organized it to cover a full day. I also found your scriptural interpretation to be very thought-provoking. I know God is smiling on me today!

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on November 12, 2012:

Thank you s0 much for this reminder. I love Sunnie Day's comment, and agree with all she says.

God bless, Ms. Dora. Up, awesome, beautiful.

Mike Pugh from New York City on November 12, 2012:

Thanks MsDora for making me smile, as you wrote so elegantly about Go'd smile and the beauty of life that he has blessed us all with to have.

I am so over joyed to know that I am alive, well and breathing and to top it off I have a loving family that helps me bring out my very own smiles even more, just as God smiles back at us for loving one another.

I hope all people worldwide can give this poem of yours a try, and to see such a radiant light someday as you have, and for them all to be able to become happy for once and also be brought to a smile for knowing that all is well, and simply living life is enough to be happy about.

Sunnie Day on November 12, 2012:

Oh MsDora this was absolutely beautiful...I always picture my Father God as smiling. It is his nature, his whole being is absolute love. I found such comfort reading this wonderful hub and will share. Thank you for a gifted piece that will be read in even the darkest of days for many, bringing comfort over and over again.

Love,

Sunnie

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