Focus Scripture: Numbers 6:24-26
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
Is there anyone as great as that first sunny, warm day after a cold winter? Even in Las Vegas, where we do not have to suffer through long, gray winters, spring sunshine is welcome and warming. The gentle warming makes leaves spring forth and flowers bloom. It melts the snow in the mountains, giving water to the lower elevations.
I imagine God's face, shining on us, turned toward us, is like a warm spring sun. It warms the skin, but even more so it warms the heart. Unlike actual sunshine, which can cause sunburn or worse, the light and warmth from God is healing, warming and soothing.
God himself gave Moses this blessing for Aaron and the other priests to use in blessing Israel. God said, "bless them," with the wish for the Lord's face, turned toward you and shining upon you--what a beautiful image that is.