14.4.23: Glance in the mirror

As soon as I surfaced from sleep yesterday, and before I had even begun to pray, these verses started to arrive. Their background is that a day or two ago I looked at myself in a mirror, and, for the first time ever, smiled spontaneously at myself with a degree of love and acceptance.

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

I glance in the mirror,
And see you within,
Ready to save me
From weakness and sin.

I look in the mirror,
And greet you within:
My Light, my Redeemer,
My Shepherd and King.

I watch in the mirror,
And meet you within:
My Guide and my Teacher,
My Healer, my kin.

I smile in the mirror,
And love you within.
My heart is content, Lord:
No wonder I sing!

My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart! (Psalm 108:1; NLT).


The LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT).

Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body? (1 Corinthians 6:15; CSB).

You …are complete through your union with Christ (Colossians 2:10; NLT).

A reading from 1 Corinthians 13:9-13; NLT.

Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. 

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. 

All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.

The Rosary Hospital

This is the Fiat rosary I started yesterday. It’s now finished, and ready for packing.

2 thoughts on “14.4.23: Glance in the mirror

  • This is lovely. I make my parents really upset as I hide, throw away, delete photographs of me. Something they created I constantly say is ugly, old fat etc.
    How must God feel when I moan like that. In future I won’t be vain, I will remember that I was created by God, my mum and dad who love me so much. And, as I see my children as beauty, so should I see myself. Thanks Ruth x

    • What a great message, Paula. Thank you so much. I’m always delighted when a blog hits the spot for someone. You might smile to know that I think of you as incredibly beautiful and strong. You are the most photogenic person I’ve ever known. The camera loves you! However, I also deeply understand the way we judging and hate what we see in the mirror. What is inside us (Christ), is a lot more important than our superficial appearance. With love from Ruth XXXXX

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