My first encounter with Jesus changed the course of my life. As a devout Hindu, I never anticipated becoming a pastor in the ELCA. But when the invitation to “come and see” is extended to a beloved neighbor, the entire trajectory of a person’s life can change.
Years later, I now see that the invitation to “come and see” is not for a single event, but for an accompaniment that will carry me throughout my entire life. I also realize that sometimes when I’ve been asked to “come and see,” I’ve been entirely oblivious to Jesus’ presence right in front of me. At other times, I’ve expected to encounter Jesus in the grandest way…but was left wondering if I expected too much? There is comfort knowing in my bones that it’s not up to me. Despite my best efforts, Jesus will accompany me whether I want him to or not. Come, Lord Jesus.
This excerpt is from “Encountering Jesus” by Tuhina Verma Rasche in the January/February 2019 Gather Magazine.
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