Seeing Jesus and Each Other
Dan Berry – December 20, 2022
In this season of Advent I reflect about how I came to a place in my life decades ago where I saw Jesus for who He was. I tell people how it was like a light came on and I went from simply ‘believing’ in someone to actually opening my heart and accepting Him as a loving savior.
I’m not sure how well I did, but all of my pastoral years were spent trying to help people see Jesus for who He really is. We talked alot about how he called us out of the darkness into his wonderful light 1 Peter 2:9.
Many understand how precious of a gift Jesus is to this world, but could it be that we have lost the understanding of how precious we are to each other – how much we are all connected and need each other? Have we allowed ourselves to be pulled into factions that keep us from being a part of a family order – a family that loves the Lord with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength and loves our neighbors as ourselves?
If you have lost hope for a world where we truly love and care for one another, remember that God uncovers mysteries hidden in darkness – He brings light to the deepest gloom. Job 12:22 NLT
Dan Berry is the author of Navigating Diversity In Our Most Segregated Hour, a Certified Instructor for the What LIES Between Us and Confronting Whiteness courses, and advises individuals and organizations on how to take first steps toward racial healing through Bridge Building Solutions.
He has pastored for forty years in Iowa. After pastoring in predominantly white spaces for several years, he began to realize the need to bring about racial healing in the body of Christ. For the last 30 years he has worked to bridge ethnic and cultural divides, a work that has led him into confronting the churches complicity in upholding systems of racism.