Seeds of Devotion
By Julia Attaway

Seeing Jesus in Others

My husband, Andrew, and I had a disagreement on Sunday before heading off to church. We sat next to each other in the pew, glowering, and I grimaced every time I thought of the upcoming exchange of the sign of peace. Worship went out the window as I wallowed in my annoyance. Lord, I’m sorry, I prayed, I know it’s wrong, but I’m not going to snap out of this without help.

A moment later I thought, The problem is that I cannot see Christ in my husband.

Bingo. I turned to look at Andrew. Though he wasn’t looking particularly holy, I told myself, “Christ lives in him. If I can’t see that, it’s not entirely Andrew’s fault.”

It was a jarring thought. It zapped me out of my petulance, and got me thinking: How much of my inability to see Jesus in others has nothing to do with their sins hiding him, but with my own blindness?

Julia Attaway is a freelance writer, homeschooler and mother of five. She is the editor of Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood, a book of devotions for first-time moms. She lives in New York.

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Thank you, Julia and Guideposts for this brief story of seeing Jesus in others. I pray that it help me do the same!

I truly enjoy your posts and essays. I find they are helpful to me in my journey and walk with Jesus. Thank you.

I really enjoyed this article.

Just a comment to say how much I enjoy the writings here and in Daily Guideposts of both Julia and Andrew Attaway. Being a grandparent of home schooled children, it's fun to hear what they and their family are up to. Thank you so much for the inspiration you give.