I make it a point to try and look Hunter in the eyes and smile at him many times a day.
It’s important for me to connect with him, to continually let him know that he has my heart and goodwill, that I am interested in him and love him deeply.
Of course, we demonstrate our love, goodwill, and interest to our children in more ways than one.
But facial expression is so important.
I have been reading a lot about the “countenance” (facial expression) in the bible.
“The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” (Numbers 6:26)
God’s countenance gives us peace.
“There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.” (Psalm 4:6)
God’s countenance reflected in us shows other people that there is good in the world.
“For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.” (Psalm 21:6)
God’s countenance makes us exceedingly glad.
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul?… hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” (Psalm 42:5)
God’s countenance is our hope and help when we are “cast down” or discouraged.
“Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.” (Psalm 89:15-16)
People who know joyfulness walk in the light of God’s countenance.
I love these verses.
If God’s countenance is so important to his children, certainly parents’ countenance is important to their children.
Even though I’m not always perfect, I try to always have a joyful, loving, interested countenance towards Hunter.
I have been seeing perhaps some of the results of trying to have that kind of countenance towards Hunter. Over the last few weeks, he has been very frequently returning the favor of random smiles, kisses, hugs, and kind words of encouragement towards me.
He will just walk up to me out of nowhere and give me a big hug, or smile the most precious smile towards me, or tell me that he loves me.
It’s so precious. The love, so deep. To think of its importance, so profound.
God help me have the right kind of countenance towards my child, that when he looks into my eyes, he may have peace, gladness, joy, hope, and help.
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed…”
Hunter is 4 years, 2 months old