We look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. –2 Cor. 4:18
A homeless man in my former congregation struggled with that verse. He said it is only the knowledge of the visible–the beauty of a flower or the long-suffering workday of an ant—that keeps him from being driven to despair or giving in to his addiction. He sees Christ appear through Creation — bodies of stars and galaxies. In his daily existence, he has learned to rely on what is right in front of him.
Yet his faith led him to that congregation, where he wrestles to understand those “things which cannot be seen.” And together, we struggle’ And together we acknowledge that God promises to meet us and be present where we are. For even when we see that which is only temporary, we pray that God uses it, as well, to lead us to the eternal.
Prayer: Maker of all things, thank you for your presence in our lives, in creation, and in our faith. Amen
Deaconess Adrainne Gray, Jerusalem, Israel