There seems to be a lot of stoning going on these days -- with a lot of cheering and garment-holding. Christians believe it took an encounter that was beyond human capacity to cause the truth to become known to Paul and for it to be let loose in him. This beyond-human Truth blinded him and then empowered him to see as he had never seen before.
This is my wish for us this Christmas. What am I missing this Christmas? What are you missing? Where are our filters causing blindness and stunted spiritual growth and maturity? Why are we so uneasy this Christmas? Is it external or internal?
May we have a peace-filled Christmas. And may we see unlike we have ever seen before. Merry Christmas everyone.
The Rev. Dr. Terry E. Walton is executive assistant to the bishop for the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. This piece was originally shared via email with the conference’s clergy and church leadership. Rev. Walton ended that email essay with, “Always thinking.”