At a recent ladies’ conference, I met some pastor’s wives for the first time. However, I recognized some of their names because I had written them an invitation to bring their widows to our retreat. Now I had a face to match the name.

When I am out and about, I enjoy seeing a familiar face in a store, and stopping and chatting for a few minutes with a friend. Just as the Bible says in Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron; so, a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

I wonder what Mary thought when she first saw Jesus after they beat Him so brutally that His face was “marred more than any man.” It must have broken her heart.

Mary Magdalene didn’t recognize Him in the garden after He arose, but supposed him to be the gardener.

When Job’s friends first saw him after his children’s death, they didn’t know him.

We can only wonder what it will be like to see the Lord Face to Face. I believe we will burn with shame as we remember the many times we wasted on frivolous activities, rather than investing our life in things with eternal value.

The Bible says about our faces, “For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

Dear widow it would be wonderful to meet you face to face at our next retreat the last weekend in June. Why don’t you plan to attend? Check this website later to register.