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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

10 September 2014: Simon Mason, Life Church Petersfield

The Importance of Smiling

Recently I heard about a study that had been done on the topic of smiling. It concluded that smiling can be good for your health. Research apparently shows that smiling can slow down the heart and reduce stress.

And there is even more to smiling than that. A genuine smile can be a blessing to those on the receiving end too. It shows appreciation, that you like and are pleased with the other person, and it can also be a sign of love that envelops them in a good way.

Sometimes we might not feel like smiling. Our own situations might not cause us to smile, and when we hear of terrible anguish and suffering, whether in this country or abroad, we may feel a range of other emotions instead.

But a smile brings encouragement and hope, whatever the circumstances. However bad things might be, there's still a place for smiling.

God smiles too. In the book of Numbers in the Bible these words are written. They were originally given as a blessing from God to all the Israelite people, but they apply to us too. 'The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.'

God loved his people and smiled on them. So today may you know that God loves you, blesses you and shines his face upon you.

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