WS Update: Being Seen

March 20, 2023

Several years ago on her BuzzFeed podcast “Another Round,” Tracy Clayton asked her followers if they would be comfortable sharing a picture they had posted on social media during a “really tough time” in their lives “even though you look perfectly fine in the picture.” Her feed blew up as pictures poured in from individuals with captions like: This was me smiling at my birthday in the midst of deep depression. Or, this was me smiling on vacation in the midst of suicidal thoughts. We all curate our lives to portray to others what we want them to see, oftentimes masking deeper pain or struggles that go unattended.

Yesterday we continued to look at Luke’s biography of Jesus that included a section where he comes down out of a mountain into the midst of a sea of broken humanity and heals them. It is a picture of how Jesus sees through our masks and instead of condemning us, or abandoning us, extends compassion to us. I don’t know what mask you are wearing today, but I do know that Jesus sees through it and is ready to meet you with mercy and grace. His scars are a reminder that there’s nothing hidden in you that hasn’t already been healed.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30

Sandwich Sunday

Let’s get together to slow down and enjoy the simple goodness of the day and of having each other. Join us for a church-wide Sandwich Sunday lunch following service on March 26 on the 5th floor! Register today as this event will have limited seating.

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