Daily Word of Grace: March 26, 2020

The moving 2017 film Wonder portrays the true story of Auggie Pullman, a young boy suffering from Treacher Collins Syndrome, which means his facial bones never formed properly.  In spite of enduring many surgeries Auggie’s face remains disfigured, and out of embarrassment he wears his astronaut helmet as much as possible-having grown weary of the ridicule.  Auggie perseveres through a very long tough school year, and along the way “loses” his helmet.  At the end of the film as his Auggie’s loving father, Nate, confesses that he had hidden Auggie’s helmet-and then tells him why, “Please don’t be mad, you gotta understand, you were wearing it all the time.  I never got to see you anymore.  I missed your face.  I know you don’t always like it, but I love it.  It’s my son’s face, and I want to see it.”  After Nate hugs Auggie he gazes proudly into his beloved son’s face.

When it comes to your relationship with God, you can take the astronaut helmet off.  Your Heavenly Father, who loves you infinitely more than Nate loved Auggie, loves your face and wants to see it.  Scripture tells us that in Jesus Christ “all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether in earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of the his cross” (Colossians 1:19-20).  This happened on Good Friday, when Jesus’ sacred face was punched and spit on and ridiculed, streams of blood and tears running down it-and yet it was in that hour that God revealed his glory in showing mercy to the world, including you.  And even now, God is the One “who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

Love and Prayers,


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