Reflecting God: Freckles

I am in the middle of a health investigation: where has all the energy gone? There are lots of answers, and more to come but here’s some of what I know now.

  • I’m low on vitamin D2, the largest percentage of which comes from the infrared rays of sunlight, which you can take into your body even when fully clothed outside.
  • The food I eat matters.
  • Exercise, while tiring you out, eventually energizes you.

My body can also mirror my spiritual life and mental life. They are all three connected, housed in the same place, interconnected and intertwined so much that they can’t be separated. What affects one affects the other. So, while I will continue the physical investigation, I will also monitor if depression is rearing its ugly head again. But through all of this, I will remember, I have a good, good father, who loves me and takes care of me. God always keeps his promises.

It is to this sunshine—the God of light—that I lift my face up to feel on my skin, to soak into my body, to live in, to reflect in my thoughts, words, and actions. Give me freckles, Lord!

Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.
Psalm 43:3

Light Sources: Freckles

sun’s rays
haven’t touched
my face yet today, and I long
to feel their warm kiss on my skin,
eyes closed as I lift my face,
open my arms wide,
and bask in their

The sun has
been shining since before
I woke up, yet I haven’t made the effort
to soak up the sunlight and refill my fuel cells
to the brim, displacing any shadows
lingering inside and leaving
no space for their

So I stop
now and stand
in your light, eyes closed,
facing you, ears wide open for your
word for me today and
asking for freckles
of your love to
sprinkle my

Let me
show the signs
of your presence on
my face, in my heart, in my mind,
and in all that I do; may
your light shine
~ Kathleen Evenhouse, 2014

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
Psalm 89:15

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.*  I am so stuck in my stubborn, comfortable habits, and I can’t change—don’t even want to change—on my own. Only you can change me! Fill me with your love and renew me in ways I have not expected. Give me ears that listen for your still, small voice, and speak magnificent changes into my deepest being. Declare your peace with such power that I am totally transformed. Amen
*Psalm 51:10, NLT

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