Mirror, Mirror

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:5-9

On Sunday we talked about how stepping into light means letting ourselves be seen by God and true friends, just as we are. That's the place of connection - of forgiveness, healing and growth. In those moments, people can act as mirrors in our lives, for good or - unfortunately - for evil. Richard Rohr puts it this way: “Beauty or ugliness really is first of all in the eye of the beholder.  Good people will mirror goodness in us, which is why we love them so much.  Not-so-mature people will mirror their own unlived and confused life onto us, which is why they confuse and confound us so much...” I'd add, sometimes they just hurt us.

Talk with God about some of the most influential mirrors (relationships) in your life. What can you celebrate and what do you need to grieve as you take steps toward having and being good mirrors with the people in your lives?