Jesus had this incredible ability to see people at a level beyond the physical — at a deep, soul level.
The woman “who loved much” and anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume.
Jesus was a true Seer of the glory and giftedness of each person, and all they ways they give their energies to join in God’s renewal of all things.
I think that this seeing — this acknowledging and naming and encouraging and expressing gratitude — is a lost art that the church desperately needs to recover.
It is a gift we have to offer…
And it is a gift we have to receive.
Honestly, I’ve always loved to see others, to name their goodness and gifts, and empower them in any way I can.
I suppose I’m committed to seeing, in part, because I’m wired this way.
And because it’s a vocation of the church.
But also because I’ve felt unseen, and the accompanying loneliness and pain.
I haven’t always been aware of this. In fact, it took burnout and leadership failures to wake me up to the reality that my commitment to seeing, helping, and healing others stemmed from wanting to give them what I didn’t have myself.
And I’m not alone in this regard. The truth is that countless pastors, leaders, managers, and people in the helping professions get into this whole vocation of seeing others because we often feel unseen!
I want to continue to see people like Jesus sees people. I’m sure you do too! But I’m convinced that in order to truly see others in the places we live, work and play, we need to receive the gift of being seen by others and, ultimately, by the God Who Sees Us.