October 2 Mirror, Mirror

Photos by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ,  if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.  Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

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Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

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For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure.  Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”  Philippians 2:1-8, 13-15

Lord God, may my life reflect the life of one who is a follower of Jesus;  that when people look at me they see someone who is concerned about others, is loving and kind, is not cantankerous or divisive, one who seeks peace, seeks to understand.  May the mirror show a face with fewer worry lines and more smile lines, whose eyes are bright with joy.  May the mirror reflect back an image of pure contentment of one who knows her needs are met by your gracious hand and that there is no reason to strive, to purse the lips and furrow the brow.  Lord, may the mirror show the power and wonder of your grace in a face forgiven and redeemed by you.  Let me smile and reflect my joy in you today.  For Jesus’ sake, Amen

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