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The eyes are the window to the soul. Most of us have heard this commonly used phrase at least once in our lives, maybe even twice.

But, do we ever really stop to think about what it means? I’m sure none of us would give the exact same answer to the question of ‘what does this statement mean?’. Yet, we would hit pretty close to the same mark that the eyes of a being reveal a lot about what goes on in the soul.

When we look into the eyes of another person, what do we see?

Those with kind, gentle eyes are few and far between, while those with eyes filled with sadness, anger, bitterness and even deadness are far more common.

No matter what your observational skills are, whether you notice a lot about another or just a little, chances are you have taken note of the times that you looked into another persons eyes and saw kindness, gentleness and love because the experience is so uncommon.

Yet, this is what I think of whenever I picture Jesus/Yeshua Himself.

When He walked among us, I imagine from the biblical accounts of Him, that He had with eyes full of love, kindness, gentleness and compassion, even in the face of the great pain, fear, hatred and confusion in the eyes and hearts of those who were around Him.

His eyes were so full of His great love for people that some of those same people couldn’t help but stop, take notice and respond. And, eventually after spending time with Him, it seems their eyes were changed, becoming more like His, seeing things He saw in the way He saw them.

Scripture tell us that God made us in His image, it also tells us that God breathed His own spirit of life into Adam and Eve. This is the same spirit He breaths into us when we come into relationship with Him through the redemptive sacrifice He made for us. The same life and love that He gives us that should be visible to others through our eyes.

Yet, what do you see when you look into another person’s eyes? Or, even your own in an unguarded moment? Do your eyes show others that you are a child of God who has spent time with Him in the light and love of His gaze?

“My son, give me your heart; And let your eyes keep in my ways.” Proverbs 23:26

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There’s a song that’s just been released by Third Day that I just can’t seem to get away from. It seems like every time I turn the radio on – which isn’t very often – I keep hearing the same line of lyrics, “salvation is coming.”

Finally, after about a week of not hearing the full song I decided to YouTube it. I found out it’s not called “salvation is coming” like I thought it was, because of course that was the only line of the lyrics I ever seem to hear, but it’s actually called “Lift Up Your Face”. I also figured out that the line of lyrics I was listening to was actually “salvation is calling” instead of “salvation is coming”. Go figure.

It’s  amazing what you learn on YouTube, but, be that as it may, it’s a great song and worth a listen.

Because I’ve heard this song so much, it got me thinking about salvation. Part of the Christian culture in the U.S. is a focus on the time and date that we got “saved”, meaning when did each of us first accept Christ’s sacrifice for our sins and enter into a relationship with Him.

Sometimes I think we focus on this so much that we forget that salvation is a daily, sometimes hourly, sometimes even by the minute process. We are always in the desperate need of being saved, maybe not from the jaws of death which is a life lived without God like we were before we first believed, but from ourselves and all we still drag around that hinders us in our relationship with Him.

Part of that daily salvation is lifting up our eyes to the only one who can help us in our times of need, and has the ability to forgive us when we repent and return to Him sometimes for the millionth time.

In scripture there are many references to lifting up our eyes and how God uses that action to give us life. This action of lifting up our eyes helps to show us where we stand and from Whom our help comes.

The Israelites who chose to looked up at the bronze snake that Moses made as God commanded and recovered from poisonous snake bites in Numbers 21. King Nebuchadnezzar looked up to the Lord and regained his sanity after living like an animal for seven years as a punishment for his pride and arrogance in Daniel 4. And, these are just a couple of instances of this concept of people lifting up their eyes that we see in scripture.

In the Psalms, King David, a man after God’s own heart, questioned where his help came from. He looked to the hills and probably saw the Ashera poles set there as places of worship to other gods and realized his help did not come from those things. He had to look higher than the hills, up to the heavens themselves, where his God, the only one, lives.

David’s life is a study in the need to be saved. The continual need for salvation. He always seemed to have something he needed to be saved from, whether it was enemies from outside his house or inside of it, or from his own decisions that led to less than desirable consequences.

Just like us. Sometimes the things we need to be saved from have more to do with others, their decisions and how those decisions impact our lived than ourselves. Yet, there are other times when we need to be saved from ourselves, our own decisions and where they’ve led us.

Our God is a saving God. He doesn’t just save us once when we accept Christ as our Messiah, then leave us alone to fend for ourselves. He is constantly saving us. Salvation is here and it is coming from the only one who loves us enough to stand by us and has the power and authority to make that salvation a reality.

“I raise my eyes towards the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Psalm 121:1-2

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For those of you who have children, and even those of you that don’t, you have probably figured out by now that kids say weird stuff.

I’m sure most of us are aware of the old Bill Cosby TV show, “Kids Say the Darndest Things”, but I’m not talking about the cute things that some children say. Like at the age of 3 seeing a picture of their mother when she was pregnant with them and blurting out “Mommy ate me!”  No,  I’m talking about the just plain no-other-word-for-it-weird stuff they say.

My son, who is 12-year’s old as some of you already know, has always said weird stuff. It’s not so much the content that’s a little different, it’s the phraseology. I’d like to think that his somewhat archaic way of phrasing things is because of my own job as a wordsmith. But I have to be honest with myself, I deal in the vernacular of the bland, while what rolls out of his mouth seems to come straight out of the Middle Ages.

The other day we were yet again sitting in our big blue beast of a truck, going from here to there, which is where a lot of our conversations take place, when he started on a talking jag.

As we where driving down the same road for what felt like the 10th time that day, he started angling. Now, by angling I mean that he was angling for something, which all children at any age do at some point. Because quite frankly, they always want something.

This time, he was starting his Christmas angling early.  I imagine it was in order to give me time to save up for the one and only gift he will get, but it was when he started to tell me what he wanted from his father that my ears pricked up at his phrasing. Until that point he sounded like a typical pre-teenger. But, then somehow mixed in with the normal teenager wording was a sentence that made him sound like a Catholic monk straight out of the Medieval period.

He was talking about Halo 5, I think that’s the number but not being up on these things it could have been Halo whatever number and I wouldn’t have a clue. We don’t have game systems in our house, on my basic premise that it turns your grey matter to mush, but my son does have them at his father’s house. So, it’s from that source that his games come.

So, I’m asking him about the game, what it’s about, why he wants, etc. etc. etc. when Mr. Medieval steps in.

“I can see it in my eyes,” he says to me when he’s explaining asking his dad for it.

See it in his eyes? That draws a picture doesn’t it? Not see it with his eyes. Not see it in his mind’s eye. Not see it in the future. Not see it in his imagination. No, he could see it in his eyes. He himself could see it in his own eyes, and, I got the feeling that if I could have looked into his eyes at that moment, I would have seen it too.

Now, it all sounds a bit strange, but he phrases things like this more often than not. So, I have had some time to reflect on this phraseology that he uses.

That night I asked him what he meant by ‘seeing it in his eyes’ and he said he see’s it like he hopes it will be, even though he knows it hasn’t happened yet.

And isn’t this what God does with us? He see’s us in His eyes the way we will be.  The way we are in Him.  Not the way we see ourselves. And one of the most amazing things about Him is He has the ability to make that picture a reality.

“Guard me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.”

Psalm 17:8

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The eyes are the window to the soul. Most of us have heard this commonly used phrase at least once in our lives, maybe even twice. But, do we ever really stop to think about what it means?

I’m sure none of us would give the exact same answer to the question of ‘what does this statement mean?’ but, we would hit pretty close to the same mark that the eyes of a being reveal a lot about what goes on in the soul.

When we look into the eyes of another person, what do we see? Those with kind, gentle eyes are few and far between, while those with eyes filled with sadness, anger, bitterness and even deadness are far more common. No matter what you’re observational skills are, whether you notice a lot about another or just a little, chances are you have taken note of the times that you looked into another persons eyes and saw kindness, gentleness and love because the experience is so uncommon.

Yet, this is what I think of whenever I picture Jesus/Yeshua Himself. A man with eyes full of love, kindness, gentleness and compassion, even in the face of the great pain, fear, hatred and confusion of those who were around Him. Eyes that were so full of His great love for people that some of those same people couldn’t help but stop, take notice and respond.

Scripture tell us that God made us in His image, it also tells us that God breathed His own spirit of life into Adam and Eve. This is the same spirit He breaths into us when we come into relationship with Him through the redemptive sacrifice He made for us. The same life and love that He gives us that should be visible to others through our eyes.

But, what do you see when you look into another person’s eyes? Or, even your own in an unguarded moment? Do your eyes show others that you are a child of God?

“My son, give me your heart; And let your eyes keep in my ways.” Proverbs 23:26

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