A Pastoral Word
In a recent National Geographic, it was stated that, "Astronomers looked 8,000 light-years into the cosmos with the Hubble Space Telescope, and it seemed that the eye of God was staring back."
This Advent, everyone is invited to see our world through God's eyes and imagine what God sees when God gazes upon God's creation. Would God see a world filled with hope, peace, joy and love or would God see something else? It is easy to imagine that as God gazes upon creation, God sees a broken and hurting world. It is easy to imagine that as God gazes upon creation, God sees the harmful way we treat each other. It is easy to imagine that as God gazes upon creation, God sees a people walking in darkness, living in darkness waiting for the light to come.
But what if that is just our limited imagination? What if, as God gazes upon creation, God sees more potential in this world than we do? What if God sees more life giving grace in this world than we do? What if God sees more life transforming love to be shared in our world than we do? Isn't that what Advent is all about? The fact that God saw more possibilities than this broken and hurting world ever did. Just think about it. On that night so long ago, the world only saw a baby born in a stable and laid in a manger, but as God gazed upon creation that night, God saw a great light. God saw love. God saw peace. God saw joy. God saw hope. What would happen if we as people of faith began looking at the world through God's eyes? What miracles would we encounter every day? What possibilities for new life would we encounter?
As we prepare our hearts to welcome the Christ Child, we need to remember that we are inviting the creative Spirit to move among us and transform us into people that God created us and calls us to be. That's what the birth of Christ is all about for us as God's children. It is an invitation to look beyond the world with our limited vision and open our eyes to the many and various ways God is still working in our world to bring about healing and wholeness for all of God's creation. By looking at the world through God's eyes, we as people of faith are reminded that no matter how terrible things look, there are always underlying miracles and blessings working to bring about hope, peace, joy and love. These miracles of new life are God's gifts, given to us to remind us that there is so much more going on than we can see with our limited human vision. God is constantly at work in our world and things don't always appear to be what they seem. By looking at the world through God's eyes, we as people of faith can begin to see that now we are called to be instruments of peace, called to be channels for healing and called to be part of the work that helps bring about the Kingdom of God here on earth for all of God's people. Maybe it is time we put on our God-gles and see the world anew.
Through Your Eyes
Holy Spirit today I choose to see this world through your eyes. To know Love in every moment, fully experiencing the joy of living, that I may share healing with my Brothers and Sisters. To know our Oneness in God. Today I choose Peace, for my vision is guided by Holy Spirit. Joining in One purpose, I know myself as Divine. Wiping away tears of joy, I answer the call for Love. I am One with God. I know myself as perfect, viewing everything through your eyes.