The translucent, multicolored mother-of-pearl insides of oyster shells are gorgeous! Their rough outsides completely hide their inner beauty.
My prayer response:
God, May the eyes of my heart see clearly both the inner and outer beauty of people, situations, and ideas. Please help my perceptions to mirror Yours.
- Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember? Mark 8:17-18
- They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “Jesus put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.”
- For it was you [God] who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. Psalm 139:13-16
Invitation to prayer:
What prayers are emerging from your heart, mind, and body?
Pray them now.
Photos: Oyster shells at a pearl farm on Bora Bora, French Polynesia