From the District Superintendent

Who is Asking "See Me"?

Posted 16 May, 2019 by Rev. Kathleen Overby Webster

"See me" is the catch phrase for a current TV commercial. One after another, looking straight into the camera, those who use the advertised skin medication implore, "See me." See who I am, really; see what I do, lead, perform; see me, not just the visible illness of my skin.

"See me"  - isn't that the cry of each of our hearts? My prayer time is often shaped by seeing the needs, desires, hopes, realities, dreams, view, and vision of the congregations, clergy, neighbors, family entrusted to me. Sometimes I pray through the contact list on my phone; sometimes I pray using the district directory listings of churches, clergy and their families, leaders to focus my prayer; sometimes I use the church pictures on the district website to guide me as I pray for each congregation and its community. This spring I printed out a google map of the district with each church marked. I've placed this 11x17 sheet on my office desk, I've folded it up and tucked it away in my briefcase during cabinet meetings, opening it up in the hotel at night. On the weekends I have laid it across my kitchen island. Wherever I have been I have implored, "Let me see the possibilities, the connections, God, which you see."

Who in your congregation and community is imploring "See me"? Who is overlooked, pushed aside, unrecognized, unheard, not valued? Who do we not see because they are not me or not we?

As the Apostle Paul wrote:
17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, will give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation that makes God known to you. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God's call, what is the richness of God's glorious inheritance among believers, 19 and what is the overwhelming greatness of God's power that is working among us believers. 
(Ephesians 1:17-19a, CEB)