"Why are your faces so sad today?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 40:1-8

We are all familiar with the happy face printed everywhere. Apparently the creator of this smiling face had no thought about the sensation it would create. We know the opposite face, the sad, angry, dejected one.

In our reading we see sad, puzzled faces. Two men who worked for Pharaoh are now in prison. They had vivid dreams, but they can’t interpret them. This annoys them. When Joseph, who is their overseer, visits them in the morning, he sees they are sad and asks them, “Why are your faces so sad today?”

While it might not be a dream that makes us sad, we often are sad for other reasons. At times people wake up sad. They don’t know why but they feel and look that way. We might not get our way so we look sad. There are troubling events such as deaths and tragedies that make us sad. The best way to deal with sadness is to try to find out why we are sad and not let it control us for long. False joy and fake smiles are not what we want! Yet there are times when we smile because it is best and then we feel better. The claim that it is easier to smile than to frown is worth trying. In Proverbs 15:13 it says, “A joyful heart makes a cheerful face.” Letting Christ rule in our hearts can turn a frown into a smile. Wouldn’t you rather see a happy face than a sad one?


Lord Jesus, rule in our hearts to bring joy to our faces. Amen.