“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. So, all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord, who is Spirit, makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” 2 Corinthians 3:vs 17-18

“We cannot see love itself, but we can see what happens to those who have been loved. We can see the power and gentleness of those who let themselves be loved by Jesus. We know that there is endless life welling up within us. We know that when we dare to look at others with “unveiled” faces, they begin “reflecting like mirrors the brightness of the Lord and all grow brighter and brighter as we turn into the image that we reflect; this is the work of the Lord who is Spirit... And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Radical Grace, Richard Rohr

For six months while living in Florida, we have surrounded ourselves with new faces, new personalities and often times views on life. I’ve tried to immerse myself in the diversity of its people. Yes, different parts of the country, just like people from different countries around the world, can look at things very differently. With God’s love and our willingness to look at others with unveiled faces, we see God’s power at work. At work in the hands that prepare breakfast each Saturday for the homeless, at the church we’ve been attending. The sense of family and community as you sit with each other on Saturday morning and share life stories with one another. There is a gentleness and peace in looking at others with Christ like eyes. Suddenly God is a living, personal presence and we are set free to love one another.

Abba Father, You love all your children, all your creation. Lord, we know no one and nothing, is forgotten by you. You hold us all in your memory and we are grateful for your tender mercies and kindness. Living Christ, it is we who exclude one another. Give us hearts to see others with your eyes. Thank you, for your gift of resurrected life and your Spirit that journeys with us. Amen

Lois Autterson

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