Highland Shepherd Resources
Easter Home Study 2005...
Luke 24: 13-15
John 10: 1-10
John 14: 1-14
John 14: 15-21
John 17: 1-11
John 20: 19-23
May God be merciful to us
and bless us,
show us the light of his countenance,
and come to us.
It’s easy to forget what someone’s
face looks like, especially in our globalized world. Telephones, email,
even letters can’t reproduce for us
the sensation of looking a loved one in the eye as we talk to them. It’s
as though we lack the fullness of relationship when we can't see the
person to whom we’re relating.
So it is with God’s face. It is a
profound act of faithfulness to ask God for the light of the divine
countenance. Doing so, we admit that our lives, our very existences, are
incomplete without the presence of our creator, our redeemer, our
And yet, even as we are faithful to ask for a glimpse of God’s
countenance, are we ready for what it will illumine? Are we willing to see
God coming to us in the poor and oppressed of our world, of our community?
Are we willing to see God’s
countenance in those whom our well-to-do lifestyle has relegated to a
second-class existence? Let us indeed call out for God to show us the
light of the divine countenance; but shown it, let us not recoil but
rather turn around from our sin and embrace God as we see God in our
Suffering God, we ask for you to sustain us, that we might love and serve
you through our neighbors. Amen.