Thru The Glass, Darkly
Rev. Joy Mounts, Associate Minister
“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12
Hanging from the sliding glass doors that lead from my living room to a balcony are a number of sun catchers. I love stained glass and they are my own miniature ones. One in particular always catches my eye when I open the curtains in the morning to let in the light. It is not the most beautiful. In fact, it is quite plain. It is heavy, an old fashioned strawberry with solid green glass leaves and a solid red berry below. The metal frame is thick. It looks sturdy and it is.
It hung for years over the kitchen sink in my Grandmother Reed’s house in Indiana. Whenever you looked out the window toward the barns and rest of the farm, there it was, right in front of you. You had to look through it to see outside. This was a problem because it is so thick. Still, it added a certain something to whatever part of the world you were looking at. And my grandmother loved it.
After my grandparents had both passed away and we were cleaning out their house, it still hung in the window. As we were leaving, I asked if anyone wanted it. My mom said no and that I could take it if I wanted. When I got home I put it on the door. It seemed surprised to be looking out on Route 22 rather than a farm. But for me, each time I see it, I see the barns in the distance, and I smile.
It changes my view, even if only with my inner eye. Stained glass can do that. It throws rainbows and shows a world outside filled with light and color. Maybe it distorts the way things are to show us how things could be.
What are the things that change our point of view when we look through them? In 1 Corinthians, Paul wrote about looking in a mirror dimly but some day seeing face to face. He was talking about how we see God and how we see ourselves in God’s eyes. Now we can only know a part of what it means to be loved but someday we will know everything, including how God has always seen us as we are and loved us as we are. God is not looking through anything special to see us, just the eyes of love. Maybe we need to use the same lens when we look at each other.
This spring, as the daylight hours grow longer, let us turn our eyes toward seeing things as they could be and then working to make them so. Maybe we don’t all have a sun catcher to remind us to try, but why not challenge ourselves to find that thing – scripture verse, book, poem, song, stained glass, etc. – that helps us open our view and see ourself and each other with God’s eyes.
Here’s looking at you! Peace,