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When I was little, I was fascinated by how I

could take a U.S. penny, place a sheet of writing paper

over it, then make the image of that coin appear

by tracing over the impression with a pencil.

Gradually, Abraham Lincoln's head would appear.

In a way, when we submit to the obedient scrutiny

of the Spirit of Jesus, His image appears as He rubs

off on us.   We count this process precious, because

seeing Jesus appear, as individuals and as His Body,

is a blessed confirmation; it is the affirmation of

salvation given and in-progress.


Living Word, You are always writing,

once again, trace my heart

as with a penny,

over my life, I stay still

underneath your Spirit's shining

till I see the witness

of your sacred Head appearing,

somehow, miraculously,

and this etching joined to my brothers'

and sisters' shows

your Face, that we are realigning

to be the Body,

where all meditation

leads our selves

to cherish Your Reflection.


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Take a Lincoln penny, put a piece of paper over it, rub with pencil lead, and the image of Lincoln will appear.  And only the image of Lincoln.

God puts a piece of paper over my life, rubs with pencil lead, and the image of Christ appears.  And only the image of Christ.  It's not a magic trick.  It's a miracle.

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