14th May 2020

Now I See You, Now I Don’t

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.”
1 Corinthians 13:12 (ESV)

Unprecedented must be a word that has been used this year an unprecedented amount of times. As we have been confined to our homes, many without a garden or even a balcony, we have been learning how to stay in touch with family and friends, and even those we haven’t been in contact with for years. Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp and all the other online apps have come to our assistance and even the comparatively ‘old-fashioned’ phone has been busy. We have unearthed pens, and written letters and cards.

When these irksome and sometimes depressing restrictions on our lives are completely lifted we may find that life may never be the same as it was. More people will probably work from home, more shopping will be done online. Many families and friends will continue to connect via media apps.

What will we have learnt from the experience? Probably a lot about some things and too little about others. But there’s one thing I hope we will treasure when life returns to ‘normal’. It will be the matchless joy of seeing each other face to face. No letter, no video, nor text can replace seeing each other face to face, from being able to hug family and friends, to talk, to discuss, to laugh, and cry together, face to face. Online connections are only additions to our lives, not substitutes.

God himself knows the value of being face to face. After all, he sent his Son to live with us. John records in 1 John 1:1 that he had heard him, seen him, and had touched him. It isn’t possible for us to do so, and we rely on the testimony of John and the other apostles. With the limitations that God has placed on us in this life, we now rely on the unseen voice of the Holy Spirit bringing him to us, guiding us, teaching us and encouraging us. But one day we will all be face to face with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

A day when every restriction is lifted. A day like no other.

Prayer
Father, what joy awaits us, as ‘for now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face’.
Amen

Study by Hilary Buck
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About the Author:
Hilary Buck pastors Grace Communion in Lewes.
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Local Congregation:
Grace Communion in Lewes
The House of Friendship
208 High Street
LEWES
BN7 2NS

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: lewes@gracecom.church