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A Mother’s Face

May 15, 2013

First baby of the New Year at Calggett Mem’l Hospital (1973), Author David Hiser of EPA, Source National Archives and Records Administration (Identifier 552638) (PD as work of fed. govt.)

There is evidence to suggest that babies can recognize the faces of their mothers within weeks of birth. At first the baby’s vision is only clear enough to let him see his mother’s face as he is feeding. By 6 months of age, however, the baby will be able to pick his mother’s photo out of a group.

It is our mother’s face we seek out. Hers is the approval for which we first yearn. She is the source of our sustenance – both physical and emotional. Not only does she feed, burp, and change us. She bathes, powders, dresses, soothes, tickles, carries, and cuddles us.

She sings us lullabies. She reads to us. She ties our shoes, then teaches us how. She tells us why the sky is blue. She sacrifices for us, and keeps us from harm.

In this relationship, we can see reflected our relationship with God.

He is our Maker, the source of our physical and spiritual sustenance. We long for Him, even when we do not have words. We experience Him through the love of others. When their love falters or fails, we see Him less clearly. Yet He is aware of our every need…and sacrificed Himself, to save us from sin.

“…Your face, Lord, I will seek” (Ps. 27: 8).

Lord Jesus, we seek Your face – the face that was spat upon for our sakes, the face the angels adore.

Drawn by Your love, we seek to spend time in Your presence, but the press of life draws us away. Make Yourself known to us, Lord. Reveal Yourself in those we meet this day. Teach us to focus on You, despite the world’s distractions.

Help us to see Your face.


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