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Signposts: Daily Devotions

Written by Renée Miller

Tuesday, June 9

Do not fear, or be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? You are my witnesses!
—Isaiah 44:8a

"We are all witnesses," the Nike sport shoe ad proclaims. We have the capacity to see and hear, consider and reflect, find meaning and bring about change. We are witnesses to the movement of human lives that at times is as glorious as a desert moon and at others is senseless and sad enough to hollow out our hearts.

We are witnesses to wonder and degradation, to the blossom of love and the erosion that leads to hate. We are witnesses to our own responses to the circumstances and people of our lives. We are witnesses to the presence of God and we are witnesses
to the unfolding of our own soul.

It is a great gift to be a witness—to be sewn so fully into the fabric
of life that, rather than random happenings that have no purpose, our experiences have meaning.  The gift is missed, however, when we are not awake to life. When we are content to pass our days and nights without paying attention—without doing the hard but joyful work of not only showing up to life, but participating and reflecting on it.

Every moment has the potential of opening us more deeply to the steady stream of heaven's action in life, because the Holy One stands at the center of every moment. When we are fully present, we are amazed at what we see.

We know then that we are witnesses. We are all witnesses.

Gracious God, when my eyes glaze over and my heart becomes numb, shake me from stupor so that I may see again.