Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend! As we draw closer to this coming November and 2016, I think it’s safe to anticipate a darker side of man will appear. I participated in a day of prayer and fasting on Friday in solidarity with the heart of man, his better angels and the true light of our salvation as a stand in defiance of the much darker invocations in Boston…
The Smile of Heaven
Smiles are wonderful things. A smile has the power to turn your day around. Smiles are the kind of contagious we like, generally speaking. But, as most photographers will tell you, not all smiles are equal. There are genuine smiles that radiate from the true emotion of the heart, and there are manufactured smiles conjured by the mind as the tool of intent.
The genuine smile and the Smile of Heaven are one in the same. They are of the same source. The baby’s smile is Heaven literally smiling at us. Genuine smiles give while the others take. Telling the difference in the two can be difficult…until you sharpen the sense of feel. It’s hard to fool the feel! 😉
I’m old enough to remember the Smile of Heaven when our American Society was like your typical wedding party. There was the occasional crazy cousin, the embarrassing in-law and the friend that had too much to drink…but the smiles were real! Well, I’m telling you as a man whose sense of feel is paper-cutting sharp; the American Citizen has become the bride and groom at his own shotgun wedding! Say cheese!
As “Harbinger” Rabbi Jonathan Cahn recently warned members of Congress, “The propitious smile of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself hath ordained.” These were not his words. These are the prophetic words from our first President’s first public address on April 30th, 1789! The real smile is like needed rain…if it is pulled back from heaven how can it fall upon the earth, to soak into the soil and feed the roots of the living?
Modernism is literally wiping the smile from God’s face, leaving the dark shadow of the manufactured smile in its place. Is Harvard bowing to a new boss? Are we really telling our children that Snooki and Satan are welcome while Condoleezza Rice, Ben Carson and the Benham Brothers are not? I think many of us who’ve refused the PC Lobotomy are painfully aware of our own cultural death spiral but feel powerless to stop it…when all any one of us has to do is turn, “look up” and allow…to harness the power that is our endowment! There are two facts worth noting here. While the Atheist can distinguish between the Smile of Heaven and the manufactured smile (though he doesn’t recognize the source), not all Atheists are Modernists. There are many non-believers who cherish liberty and the right of the individual to express his or her faith (or lack thereof) without fear of intimidation and harassment…or worse.
I’ve never really discussed faith with my friend Mike who happens to be our town supervisor. During his remarks at the memorial to our good friend John who passed away last October, he said “I’ve never been a very religious man.” But in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court ruling which welcomed prayer back into town hall in Greece, NY; Mike announced that he would challenge his board to do the same here in Warwick! I texted him Kudos with a note that read, John is smiling.
I’m old enough to remember the Smile of Heaven. Our fathers are old enough to remember the manufactured smiles that turned into nervous smiles before “the gathering storm”. You can always see it in the eyes…