Psalm 34: 4-5 (NIV): “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”

What are you afraid of? Shame is a weird word. A standard dictionary defines shame as, “the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another.”

What are you ashamed of? A few years ago on Easter morning, my Dad and I had a great conversation. As a child, he was abused and dishonored prior to entering the sanctuary that the Mennonite Children’s Home in Kansas City (an orphanage for displaced children) provided him. He was ashamed. He always thought it was his fault. He looked at himself differently because of his life circumstances.

As we reflected on the Resurrection that Easter morning, we read Psalm 34. The promise of radiance is clear. The veil has been broken. Light comes in the morning with the resurrection promise. Turn your face to Jesus and he will reflect light into your soul. All we have to do is look to Him – the giver of life. He will take away all shame. Do not be afraid because of life circumstances. Taste and see that the Lord is good. The angel of the Lord will deliver you. Refuge is in God. Seek the Lord and lack no good thing.

Dear God,
Turn my shame into radiance. Remove it. Free me from captivity that I’ve stored in my soul without merit. Release the bonds that have shaded me from your radiant light. Remove the shame from my face. Father God, touch those who feel shame today. Remove all earthly fear of harm and replace it with awe and reverence for the complete forgiveness of past transgressions. Help me to radiate your love and to not look back on life circumstances. Keep my face radiant. Amen.

Carole Schumacher