Wednesday, December 17, 2014


And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10: 24-25

Some years ago, while living in Southern California, I wrote these words:

The Oak Trees

I found the oak trees today. For two years I have been looking for the tall, stately, majestic oaks of the northeast. I thought, “How could people have cut them all down? The Indians’ made their staple food from their oaks. How could they all be gone?”

The answer is: they aren’t. Here, oak trees are evergreens with leaves shaped like small holly leaves. They’ve been here all along and I did not know enough to recognize them! Now that I see them up close, and can touch the acorns, I know they are oaks. I recognize them. How much this is like our walk with God. Sometimes God is right with us. He’s all around us. Yet it takes someone else, who knows something we don’t, to point him out to us again. That person doesn’t need to know more, just something different. That other person sees God in a little different way than I do. So each of us must share the truth we know, so that we can each understand more fully.

As I read these words again while contemplating this Advent season, my prayer is that we each seek to broaden our concept of Christ so that we may see his face in each of the faces we come in contact with. Also, may we likewise reflect Christ’s image to others.

Rosalie M. Babbitt

Prayer: Dear Lord, We ask that you will continue to allow us to learn from each other, so that individually we will be enriched and strengthened by the collective understandings of us all. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.