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On Faith: Be the window to God's message

As I was thinking of something to write for this article, I did my usual gazing out of our apartment patio window.

A month or so ago, I could not see the property next door, nor really have a good view of the Duluth harbor that I have today. I see people walking on the pathways, some with a walker and therapist nearby; others walking their dogs; yet others who are staff and are on their break are getting their exercise.

Windows! We usually don't think about them until it is time to wash them. But windows are not always a "pane." Windows also enable us to see more clearly the events and happenings around us.

Through windows we can see the miracle of the unfolding seasons.

Spring comes to unveil the beauty of tulips and daffodils, to see the brown grass turn green.

Summer calls parents to sit in the shade of the leafy trees and watch their children frolic about in the park.

Autumn steals on stage to paint the leaves their golden blazing colors that defy description or words.

Finally, winter snow cover with its pure white blanket.

And yet not all windows are made of glass and yet maybe used in similar ways. Windows that bring us the message of Jesus the Christ and his great love. Windows that open a new world and brings us light and comfort and warmth.

Those windows come in the form of words, words of scripture, words from this Jesus the Christ. And yes, even from you and I as we witness to the calling to be his disciples.

We become the windows that enable the young and old to see more clearly the love that God has for each of us.

You and I are the light and life to those who are hurting.

You and I are the windows who open the world to God's love in Jesus the Christ.

You and I are the windows to the elderly, the sick, the disenfranchised, the homeless and to all the world.

"On Faith" is a weekly column in the News-Chronicle written by area religious leaders.