Walking the red light area isn’t my favorite thing to do. Truth be told, there are many days when I dread going on outreach. There’s nothing inside of me that enjoys seeing women objectified as sexual objects. I don’t like the feel of the neighborhood. I don’t like seeing men and women zombie-walking in an environment where the enemy of their souls waits to destroy them. All through that neighborhood, people trade away their souls for cheap expressions of what they were created for.
But, like Annie says, when we get a chance to sit with someone on outreach and hear her story, it makes all the difference.
When I sit with a woman, I want to find out who she is. I want to know this woman sitting before me as more than high heels, long legs, and painted lips.
So, I ask her about her family – where she grew up – what work her parents did – how many siblings she had – her birth order – how far she studied in school – what she enjoyed studying – if she has any children… eventually the questions and conversation flows. As I get to know her as a complex human being, I begin to really see her.
What situations and people are difficult in your life?
How can you change the way you see them?
Give us new eyes, Lord, to see our lives in the light of your love.
Too often our fear, neediness, anger, or hurt fog our vision.
Help us to see your providence in the glory of trees, lakes, and cloudless skies.
Help us to see your generosity in the many gifts we enjoy each day.
Help us to see your wisdom in the rhythm of the days, the weeks, the seasons, and the years.
Help us to see your image in the faces of everyone we meet and to know your goodness in the joy and love we feel for one another.
We ask you this because we know you love us. Amen.