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The Smile 

Toothy or toothless,
Faint or recognizable from miles away,

The Smile.

Silent or audible, youthful or well defined through age,

The Smile.

It speaks, soothes, invites, supports, and can help sustain one’s soul through otherwise debilitating situations.

It welcomes others into its space, its territory, even in a crowded room.

The Smile.

It says, “You’re okay, and I hope the best for you.”

Everyone can Smile.

Even the one whose face has been paralyzed due to an accident or illness can Smile in their heart, unless their heart is paralyzed.

The Smile reveals a person’s heart.

The Smile.

One of the simplest ways to encourage, and be encouraged.

The Smile.

Medicine for the soul, an embracing arm around the shoulder.

The Smile.

Ready and willing to run the risk of disappointment, the Smile opens the door to reconciliation and restoration.

God created the Smile. 

Hope revealed in the flesh.

Born of the Virgin Mary.

Christ the Savior.

The Smile.

Merry Christmas!



“Smile awhile, and give your face a rest,
Raise your hands to the One Who loves the best.
Then shake hands with someone near,
And give to them a smile.”

I learned this little song years ago while helping in a Sunday School class. We attended the chapel services on the military base I was stationed at in Wertheim, Germany; Peden Barracks.

My “ministry” in the class of kindergarten age children was operating a little bear puppet named “Bashful”. The teacher would use Bashful to help teach her lessons and also, entertain the children.

Another song we did, one of Bashful’s favorites, was “Peter, James and John in a Sailboat”. Bashful did all the actions for the song, such as fishing, casting a net, hauling in the great big catch, and, of course, acting bashful.

It’s fun to look back and remember those days. Such a simple, hand puppet like Bashful could put smiles on the little kids faces. Nothing fancy, no big production; just a hand, a song, and a puppet.


Smiles are contagious!

Smiles can lift a heavy heart, and dry someone’s tears.

Smiles can say, “I care for you”, and, “I’m glad you’re here.”

Smiles have a way of helping you forget, if just for awhile, the troubles that surround you.

Smiles are like the puppet, Bashful; revealing, acting out, the love, joy, peace, and kindness that’s within the heart.

The world, OUR WORLD, could really benefit from a simple, heartfelt smile.

Smile awhile, and give your face a rest.

Bless someone today with a smile.

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