Morning Prayer: A Smile
September 26, 2013
by Joey ’14
What’s in a smile? Seriously guys, like what does it mean to smile? Is it just us moving a couple of muscles in our mouths upwards? Is it that thing we always have to do at our homecoming picture parties while we stand with our dates for what seems like ages? Oooo I know. A smile is that shape they paint on clowns’ faces, right?
What’s in a smile? Have we ever taken the time to actually consider this question? I mean we do it like every day when we see our friends and stuff, so we gotta know what it is, right? Still thinking about it? Lemme give you a few ways that some people have defined a smile over the years.
A smile is a curve that will set everything straight.
A smile is the universal language of kindness.
It is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.
A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.
Douglas Horton even calls it “free therapy.”
The fact of the matter is this: we don’t know what’s going on inside of everyone else. Johnny may be having a great day, but Shelly not so much. But a smile never hurt anyone. In fact, there is SO much power bundled up into that tiny, little facial expression. Can you believe that? A smile has power! Not only that, that power is contagious too. You see, for some people, that smile is motivation to keep having a great day, a way to support them and encourage their positive outlook. And for others, that smile may be all they need to turn their day around.
And so, as you go about your busy lives today, I ask that you do one thing for me. Just one. Please follow Frank Sinatra’s advice. “Keep on smiling cuz when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.”
Let us pray.
Thank you for our smiles. We sometimes forget about them, but we just wanted to let You know how much they mean to us and how every now and then, even a smile can make our day. Lord, allow us to use our smiles as instruments of Your love and peace. Most importantly, open our eyes to see the joy in our experiences and to see Your presence acting in our lives so that in doing so, we can more easily smile and know that somewhere up in heaven, You’re always smiling at us too.
In Your Son’s name, we pray. Amen.
Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.