I’ve been reading the Bible in Spanish lately. It’s good for me. I find plenty of new vocabulary words.

I read the Nueva Versión Internacional, Spanish NIV, with its English counterpart comfortably situated across the page.  Take a look at Psalm 11:7 in the English on the left and Spanish on the right:

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The first section of the verse translates almost the same as the English, but the second section could translate to this: “whole people will contemplate his face.”

Recently this struck me as a profound truth. Sometimes I feel broken. I don’t know what I’m doing or where God is. Sometimes life feels hard. I can’t make myself upright or open a window and see God’s face shining there in front of me.

But I can contemplate his face.

I can think about what his expression of love toward me might look like. I can work toward wholeness by giving God the broken pieces of my heart. By imagining what it feels like to look deep into his eyes and see the incredible love and compassion that he feels.


Lord, thank you for being just. Thank you for loving me and making me whole.

Ellen BenefieldEllen in her own words: My husband Kyle and I live with our three boys in a low-income neighborhood in Mazatlan, Mexico. God's love and grace brought us here and holds us close through all of life's crazy ups and downs. I want follow where the Holy Spirit leads and encourage others to do the same.

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