I opened the photos section in my computer and as I scanned over 8 thousand pictures I saw the one that made my heart jump just a little, first a tear made a wee path in the powder I had just applied to my cheek and then it happened, I smiled.
I received pictures and texts from my granddaughter who is in Florida and I smiled, then for a moment I laughed out loud as she sent a funny picture of someone she thought looked like her brother.
My son sent pictures and videos of my eighteen month-old twin grandsons running and playing in a pumpkin patch and again there was a smile on my face and in my heart.
Have you given someone, including yourself a smile today? Try it now, just turn up the corners of your mouth and say with the Psalmist David, Psalm 100:5 “For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.”
I leave you with lyrics to a song penned by Charlie Chaplin in 1936
Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you’ll just