When our children came to us crying about a scratched leg or a mean playmate their sad faces always pulled at my heartstrings. Often their Daddy would rescue the situation with a tickle. It would only take a moment until their sad, tear-filled face would turn to a giggle along with a SMILE.
These days I find myself in need of that same sweet tickle. This old Jimmy Durante song comes to mind as, with a sad face, I contemplate our country’s current challenges...
SMILE, though your heart is aching - SMILE, even though it’s breaking... When there are clouds in sky ...you’ll get by.
If you SMILE through your fears and sorrow and maybe tomorrow... You’ll see the sun come shining through - for you.
Light up your face with gladness - hide every trace of sadness Although a tear may be ever so near.
That’s the time you must keep on trying - SMILE, what’s the use of crying You’ll find that life is still worthwhile.....if you just SMILE.
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Although this tune brings a quick and tickling SMILE to my face, even more precious is what God’s Word says to me...Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? I will fix my eyes on God— soon I’ll be praising again. For He puts a SMILE on my face. He’s my God. Psalm 42:5 The Message
Not only is God the author of my SMILE, but His response seems to bring a SMILE to His face...You make him glad when you smile. Psalm 21:6 The Message
Let God’s SMILE be on you today...May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. Numbers 6:25 NLT
REMEMBER: SMILES ARE CONTAGIOUS TOO!
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