“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
but by sorrow of the heart
the spirit is broken.”
Use your merry heart
To be like an umbrella
Protection in storms
At the end of day
Your sweet, merry countenance
Is a lovely sight
Your positive view
Shines through the dark clouds of gloom
Lifting others’ hearts
You’ve an extra dose
Merriment is contagious
You infect others
David Jeremiah’s entry in today’s devotionalThe scripture selected, Proverbs 15:13, fit the story perfectly.
in Ever Faithful was titled “A Merry Heart.”
It gave me the incentive for today’s post:
“After Richard Norris was badly disfigured
by a gunshot wound in 1997,
he remained hidden at his parents’ home for years.
They covered the mirrors
to keep him from glimpsing his face.
But a team of doctors…
gave Richard a new countenance.”
Richard’s spirit was broken.
His sorrow of the heart was understandable.
David Jeremiah went on to link
Richard’s sorrow to us all:
“While Richard’s story is unusually dramatic,
there’s a sense in which we all need a new countenance.
Study the faces of people you meet every day…”
Oh how I love those
Last two pictures of my friends
Study every face
David Jeremiah goes on to suggest,
“Steal a quick glance at your own face
as you pass a mirror or reflective window.
…Our emotions inexorably flash through
the forty-three muscles in our face
and we communicate our feelings
through our eyes, brows,
and the set of our mouths.”
“One smile can light up a room;You know I play the accordion, right?
one frown can darken a day.
“The Bible tells us a merry heart
makes a cheerful countenance.
Rejoice in the Lord today
and let the joy of Jesus shine through.”
Well this is a concertina… buttons on both sides.
Aren’t these kids adorable?
Open up you Merry Heart!
Mine is open for you!!
Open heart + Open hands = Merry, Cheerful Countenance