Do Your Eyes Light Up?

Many years ago, long before I had children of my own, I heard a guest on a popular talk show say something about parenting that I never forgot - "Your kids can tell whether or not your eyes light up when they walk into the room."

Even today the truth of this statement hits me in my gut. In the blink of an eye we can communicate so much - for better or for worse. I think about this often and I am grateful to have heard this wisdom and to have practiced this small but powerful greeting over the years.

God is a wonderful parent to us and we, as earthly parents, get the weighty and glorious responsibility of representing His care and provision and steadfast love to our children. Scripture indicates that our heavenly Father watches with anticipation for us and welcomes us with joy when we enter His presence and so as His chosen representatives, we aim to welcome our children into our presence with this same demonstrative joy.

Eyes tell the truth. Beyond the words of welcome that are extended, we know when a person is happy to see us or not. I pray that my eyes will always communicate welcome. And more than that, when my kids come into my presence I want them to feel that I am glad. I make an intentional effort to practice this in the mornings. Honestly, there are many mornings that I would rather not see my lovely children quite so early, but I try to always greet them with a smile. I try to stop what I am doing and walk toward them with a hug. I try to greet them with eyes that are full of light and joy and welcome because this is the way the Lord greets me.

Luke 15:20

And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion,

and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

2 Chronicles 16:9

"For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His."

Isaiah 30:18

Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.

For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.

Zephaniah 3:17

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness;

he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Matthew 19:14

but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

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