Looking at the world...
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;
~ Romans 12:6 - 7
Do you ever look at a crowd of people and realize how unique each person is, but that we are all created in the image of the same God?
Last week while I traveled on vacation, I found myself sitting at the airport and doing this very thing. Even in my own family, the diversity of humankind is varied, but go to a place like an airport, and the possibilities are endless.
I find that the older I get, the more I seem to understand this reality. As children we sing, "Red and yellow, black and white, we are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world."
That doesn't change as we grow older. It seems that we just can't seem to make it our reality.
I always try to make Thomas Merton's experience, my daily experience. Merton, a trappist monk and theologian, is remembered for having stepped off a bus in Louisville, Kentucky, and suddenly realizing that every person he saw was his brother and sister, and that he loved each person.
It was an experience that changed his life.
Imagine a world where we all lived our life with this reality. How different would our world be, as well as, our own life? When we begin to look at the world this way, then I believe we begin to get a glimpse of what the Kingdom of God really looks like.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
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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.