Who am I? Who are we? At best, it’s a difficult question to answer. Our lives are complex, especially in the way we interact with each other. It is much more than can be explained with words, and even if many unanswered questions circumscribe our words, we might all be able to agree on at least one conclusion. We are all limited. For example, we are not able to foretell the future. About the only thing that we can know for sure in looking forward, is that we are not able to save ourselves from death. So, despite how powerful we may feel in the present moment, we must admit at some point that we are just human beings with a finite scope and impact. The same was true for John the Baptist. He was just a man… but he was also a witness. He pointed out and gave voice to the coming of the Messiah.
In a similar fashion we too, despite our limitations, have a word to speak, especially as witnesses of Jesus Christ. It’s a positive word that has lasting value.
When we hear a good word expressed in excellent witness,
it helps encourage a sense of wellness and spiritual fitness.
As such, from baptism, disciples have sought to exemplify a spiritual word:
by what was said and done;
for those who were led and fed;
by the things which were stirred and spurred.
For those who follow forward, we too are striving to make straight
the path upon which we trod,
seeking and speaking truth in service to others, finding new ways
to share the word of God.
Rev. Richard Wagner