"I believed; therefore I spoke." With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak... All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God."
~ 2 Corinthians 4:13, 15
One of my favorite songs was written by the JJ Weeks Band from six years ago entitled, "Let Them See You." The lyrics is as much a prayer as it is a call to allow for the manifestation of God to be present in us.
The words of the chorus simply asks, "Let them see you, in me. Let them hear you, when I speak. Let them feel you, when I sing. Let them see you. Let them see you in me."
The song is a reminder that each day we are invited to be the manifestation of God in the world today. How is it that we make God known to others in the world?
To be a manifestation means that we become a witness as the living sign of God's presence in the world. So often I meet people who are looking for "some sign," that God is present among us, as storms rage up the coast, people randomly shoot others on the street, and when we struggle to hear truth among so many lies.
What we live is more important than what we say, because when we invite God to live through us, then suddenly we discover a life that is no longer ours, but God's. When we forgive our neighbor from our heart, then our heart will provide forgiving words for others. When we are grateful, the words we speak will reflect our gratefulness. When we are hopeful and joyful, then we will find ways to share words of hope and joy to others.
Being able to live into the words we speak is a process. It involves learning to allow for the words to come, rather than immediately speaking. Being the manifestation of God in the world today is about allowing God to live freely within us.
May the manifestation of God in us provide the right words, and may those words lead us to a life that helps others to, "See YOU in me."
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.