May 282020

The angel who talked with me came again, and wakened me, as one is wakened from sleep. He said to me, “What do you see?” (Zechariah 4:1–2a)

Sometimes, we need to be awakened from the slumber of our everyday lives. Sometimes, we need to be roused from the numbing humdrum of ordinary time. Sometimes, we need someone to wake us up so that we might open our eyes and start seeing the world as God sees the world. “What do you see?” (v. 2a) the messenger asks Zechariah – it’s a question that God repeatedly asks a number of his prophets and it is an important question – for it is what Zechariah sees that guides his ministry. And for you and me, what do we see? In light of the recent (and senseless) deaths of two more black men (Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Ga and George Floyd in Minneapolis, Mn), I hope we would start seeing one another as human and living with one another as family. – rc

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