This is the Day…Monday
March 23, 2020
I See You
Several weeks ago, I attended a seminar in Chapel Hill that was hosted by the No Kid Hungry Organization. Several hundred individuals, consisting of teachers, school administrators, business leaders and leaders of faith organizations were in attendance. The meeting was filled with information and presentations which outlined the many ways that food insecure children and families are receiving assistance through new and existing programs in North Carolina. It was a very uplifting meeting!
Within all this information, there was one presenter who made a statement that has stuck with me since that day. He shared a truth that I had never realized until now. He said, we want these children and families to know that we see them.
To be seen. To be noticed. To be understood. There is great power in being seen. Being seen brings hope to those in despair. Being seen brings peace to those at the end of their rope. Being seen brings comfort that one is not alone in their fears. And when we choose to see, we express empathy, compassion and love.
There are many around us today who need to know that someone sees them. Home-bound folks who can’t have visitors right now. Senior citizens who feel isolated and lonely because they are afraid to go out in public. School children who are stuck at home with no breakfast or lunch from school. Others who have simply lost their way and have even lost hope that God could forgive them.
It is for each of these that Christ’s church exists. Remember how those in the early church spent their time? “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.” Acts 2:42-45 The church was willing to see. And those in need were seen.
On this special day God has given you, strive to see someone today. Really see them. See them through the eyes of our Lord. See their need, pain and fears. See them as God’s children, just like you. And as they are seen, show them hope and love that only comes from God.
Father, open my eyes to see your children in need. Help me to truly see them as you do. Help me to love them as you do. Help me to show them the hope that comes from you.