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Meet Me At The CrossoverA Monthly Feature, By Jennifer St. Clair

Faith- Feature

By Jennifer St. Clair

Have you ever noticed yellow dune daisies’ smiling faces and wondered how they hold those smiles from sunrise to sunset? Me neither! That is, not until today. As I walked down to the crossover for the umpteenth time early this morning, those happy little flowers greeted me on my right and left, all aglow with sunlight. And I thought…they are smiling at me! Well…of course I had to smile back. You would have done the same thing.
As far as I’m concerned, a smile transcends all language barriers, all cultural and religious differences, all dress codes and yes, even all differences of opinion regarding art and music and the like. It’s magical! God certainly must have realized Humans BeComing would need some special commonality in order to survive the enormous challenges on Earth. And a smile most definitely can change attitudes and dispositions in a New York second. Thankfully!!!!

When I traveled to Tibet several years ago, the people there greeted me with a smile and said: “Tashi Deley.” This simple greeting means “I honor the greatness in you.” Wow! I was a stranger in their land. How beautiful is that! And how beautiful were those smiling faces. I can still see them. The Tibetans lived in dire poverty and oppression, constantly under Chinese military watch, who were often disguised in street clothes. Yet, they smiled!!! And you bet, I smiled back!

All people want and have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. No exceptions. Jesus taught us, “Love one another as I have loved you.” What better way to show someone the love of Christ than with a smile. It requires no interpretation. It is free. It is from the heart. And… a gift from the heart blesses all who receive!
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34,35

Jennifer St. Clair

Jennifer St. Clair is a pianist, award-winning songwriter, composer, artist, author and photographer. She relocated to Jacksonville Beach, Florida from the north Georgia mountains in 2014. Currently she serves as Pianist at Amelia Plantation Chapel. Her solo piano compositions can be found on sheetmusicplus.com. For more information:

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