Have you ever needed help to see something? I’ve gone bird watching a few times. It’s quiet until someone says, “Over there!” They point and twenty pairs of binoculars scan the trees. “Where? Where” There, there!” And someone says, “Oh, I see.” And one helps another pointing to show?the third branch, at the end. “Oh, I see?”
That is a witness. Our lives, words and actions help others see something. When I worked in the prison system, a lifer told me about the kindness of a Christian that gave him a new way to see God. People have spoken of how a Christian community was safe enough for them to be authentic, and it helped them recover faith that sees God in the gathering of people. The experience of sin can be like walking through mud that feels heavier with each step. Seeing that God can help, love and forgive sets up a very new way of looking at life.
Like pointing out a rare bird in a tree, John directs our attention to Jesus. We are invited to follow along and discover more. Maybe we will see something new to help us live.
Lord of God, give me eyes to see your love. Amen. — TKR