By Pat Hammond
Here at First Presbyterian Church our Vision Statement says we are “to be present in the Sioux Falls area as the visible face of Christ.” The words from our Vision Statement that have really been calling out to me are the words “to be present.” To be present. That means we intentionally notice people and through our actions we say, “I see you.” We show up and encourage others and walk alongside others and work in partnership with others. We do what we can, the best that we can. We show up and bring hope with us.
Being present as the visible face of Christ is important, but there is more to it. Our Vision Statement goes on to say we are to be present as the visible face of Christ “knowing that even as we strive to bear the face of Christ in our relationships with our neighbors, we will find the face of Christ in the very neighbors whom we serve.”
We will find the face of Christ in those whom we serve. To be present as the visible face of Christ means to be fully present in the moment . . . fully aware of those we are with. We need to see each other, really see each other. Look for Christ at work in those you come alongside. Listen to their stories, see life through their eyes. And then see them through the eyes of Jesus.
Too often we see only what we choose to see. Look harder. Be present as the visible face of Christ knowing that you will find the face of Christ in those whom you serve. And you will be blessed beyond measure.
On this journey with you!