For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
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For a time, that we can identify in the chronology of human existence, and in a place we can pinpoint on a map, there were people who were given the opportunity to look at the face of God. That face had eyes, nose, a mouth, a wrinkle, a tilt of the head. God makes God's divine nature known in a variety of ways. In the light shining through salty spray of a breaking wave, the smell of the wine wafting from a cup on the altar, the measures of a song that fling our souls higher than we can reach ourselves, the branches of a tree that moves while the trunk clings mightily to the earth. But God wanted us also to see the divine light in the most prized creation of all - the children of God - us - each other. So God had a face, a name, a voice, a touch that could be seen and known in the most human of encounters - face to face. For those of us not born in the place and time in which Jesus walked, we are inheritors of the light which shines from the inside out of each of us. We spend our days, if we are wise, looking for the face of God in everyone we see.
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Holy God, for the grace of your face that we can see in the one another, we give you thanks. Amen.