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Deuteronomy 32:10 He sustained him in a desert land, in a howling wilderness waste; he shielded him, cared for him, guarded him as the apple of his eye.
When I was in ninth grade, I changed violin teachers. My new teacher was very critical, and after every lesson, I climbed into my mother’s car and burst into tears. Finally my mother asked the new teacher if I had ever played anything well. “Of course!” he said, “I just want to push her to be better.” My mother suggested that an acknowledgement of what I was doing right might be a good motivator as well. This little trick hadn’t occurred to him until my mother mentioned it.
We need to listen carefully to the various biblical writers who tell us that God sees us as the apple of God’s eye. Scholars differ about the exact meaning of this idiom but generally agree that it means we are intimately and personally cherished by God. Jesuit priest Anthony de Mello summed it up quite well: “Behold God beholding you…and smiling.”
MOVING FORWARD: Spend some time looking in the mirror today. Say some nice things to the reflection, reminding that face that it is made in the image of God and loved completely and fully.
Today the Church remembers Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, 379.