Excerpt from John 1:29-34
"I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God."
Reflection by Ron Buford
The gospel narratives, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, are compelling testimonies to a life-changing, mysteriously powerful, spiritual presence wrapped in human form . . . Jesus. The gospel writers' reflections on Jesus' greatness and on people's reactions in his day still inspire people across continents and centuries.
You, too, have holy moments to share. Do you recognize and capture these moments or toss them away? Reclaim them.
John received a holy impression that a miraculous presence in human form would seek him out, asking to be baptized. John testifies to his impression being confirmed on the unforgettable day Jesus came to be baptized.
God is still speaking to you in holy impressions. Do you miss God, thinking you are not worthy? Stop belittling yourself. You are one of God's windows into the world.
Whether age 9 or 109, you are still having holy moments. Was it the first time you saw the twinkle in the eye of someone you love? Was it at an altar of prayer or communion? Was it was when you first held your newborn child? Was it the time some new idea flowed through you? Was it during the look you exchanged with someone and knew it would be your last? Take time, despise the fear, set your story free among those you love. It is not too late, even if it involves someone dead; imagine him or her sitting across from you. Verbalize or write your testimony to a divine moment – it is God's presence present to the world. Unleash it!
Gracious God, help me to recognize all the places I see You and give me the courage to write or verbalize a testimony to my encounter with You. Amen.
About the Author
Ron Buford is Interim Minister for Discipleship at Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts. The former coordinator of the UCC's God is still speaking campaign, Ron consults with UCC conferences and churches across the nation and appears in the DVD-based progressive theology series, Living the Questions 2.0.