A reflection on the sin of vanity

Reflections of the day

1 Samuel 16:7

 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

1 Timothy 4:8

for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

In our search for the holy, there are times when our restless preparations smother the very truth for which are searching. We decorate our rooms and make elaborate preparations for our prayer, when a single flower and a moment of waiting are all we need to meet the One Who Comes.

MACRINA WIEDERKEHR,

What I am in God’s sight is what I am. No more; no less.

St Francis of Assisi


A reflection on the sin of vanity

Heavenly Father,

Thou art the creator of thou world and all that is in it, and thou hath created all things known to Mankind, and all things unseen by Mankind. Thou hath created all to be born with a particular appearance, and thou hath created all to be born with a particular shape, and thou hath created all to be born with a particular colour, and thou hath created all to be born with a particular size. We acknowledge that thou loves each and every one of us, and we acknowledge that thou love for Mankind is one that is all encompassing, and we acknowledge that thou love for Mankind is one that allows Mankind to love thou with all of a heart, and to love thou with all of a soul, and to love thou with all of a mind, and to love thou with all of a strength. We acknowledge that thou love for Mankind is one that is not bound by words, and is one that is not bound by time, and is one that is not bound by energy. We acknowledge that thou love for all is one that over-spills into a relationship, and is one that allows all to love thou neighbour.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures teach Mankind much about an appearance. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for Mankind to be content with an appearance that thou hath bestowed upon a self. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for Mankind not to be concerned with an outward appearance, and that thou desire is for Mankind to be concerned with a matter that is close to a heart of a self. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for Mankind to put aside a concern for an outer appearance, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all to turn to thou always.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time of Lent that we acknowledge that many will reflect upon the sin of vanity. We are able to see in a way that is clear that much is said in the media about an appearance, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that much is revealed in the media about an appearance. We are able to see in a way that is clear that some are influenced by what is seen in the media, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that what is revealed in the media is done to persuade many to look a certain way. We are able to see in a way that is clear that some have a concern that a look is less than acceptable, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that a concern is one that can be as a result of what is said by another. 

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide all in a daily life, and we ask thou to guide many to bring a worry, and to bring a concern to thou.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we uphold to you the good works of Sports Relief and we ask thou to provide a number of opportunities before many to reflect carefully upon a need to have a state of health that is good always. We are able to see in a way that is clear that a state of health that is good for all Mankind is desirable for thou, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that a state of health that is good is desirable for Mankind.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to grant all the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, and we ask thou to grant all the courage to change the things that must be changed, and we ask thou to grant all the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Heavenly Father, we are thankful thou hath created all Mankind in a way that thou desires which reflects a beauty in all outward  appearances, and we ask thou to guide all to accept a self the way thou sees and the way thou accepts us all.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who together with thou Holy Spirit, lives within Man, and dwells amongst Man, and advocates for Man, and is, and was, and always will be the most supreme, and the most absolute power and being, that governs over all who are of thou earth that we live on, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

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Posted on March 24, 2012, in Lent, love, The sin of vanity and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

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    How often do we judge someone at first glance and discover, on subsequent meetings, their true personality. It is the character within that is most important. Cosmetic surgery is fine for those who have suffered appalling facial injuries to promote their self-confidence, but undergoing surgery simply for vanity is unwise. Lord, give us the confidence to live life to the full in thy heavenly presence and thus develop a healthy outlook and body. Amen

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