Next, Dobie encourages us to “bear witness.” Doubting ourselves or afraid of the consequences of speaking out, we’re sometimes tempted to remain silent. Yet we each have a unique piece of reality that only we can offer. Even if our wisdom is lacking, until we risk speaking up, we stand no chance of being corrected. More often than not, the truth doesn’t lie in us but between us. At other times, bearing witness may simply mean showing up!
Finally, Dobie declares his own faith and invites us to believe: “Trust the grand design you cannot see; it is there, and what you do is a part of it.” It’s easy to forget the God-created connectedness of all life. Even the things we deem mundane – house-work, office-work, yard-work, childcare, small-talk, silent prayer – are a vital part of that whole. And as blind but faithful John Milton reminded us long ago: “they also serve who only stand and wait.”
We live our faith by responding with love to the opportunity that lies before us – even when we can’t see how God is fitting it all together.
Lord, bless us and keep us in the New Year. Help us to love, to attend to what exists, and to bear witness. Strengthen our faith in the grand design we cannot see – trusting it’s there and that what we do is a part of it. Amen.
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