Sight – Seeing – Vision

“…teacher let me see again.”  Mark 10:46-52  The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks of a time when he and two others were sentenced to 40 – 90 days in jail while protesting in Puerto Rico. Although his fellow protestors served the shorter time, he alone was held for the full 90 days. Alone with his thoughts he was forced to deal with himself. It was the beginning of a changed Al Sharpton in how he approached the causes, which for him – was out of his passion for justice. He began to understand that perhaps while his methods may have gotten attention he didn’t always get his desired result. He admits to a growth and maturity partly out of that experience which led him to change his attitude as a public figure. Sometimes we must have “sight” taken away from us before we can fully understand what it means to “see.” Now that we have gotten through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and a few other national holidays, no doubt we all could use sometime away from the busyness of our lives. As we approach the season of Lent, perhaps we too can begin to ask ourselves if our approach to our way of “seeing” is giving us our desired result in life. The season gives us 40 days but in reality, the growth and maturity of the formation of our souls is a lifelong exercise. Does what we “see” today, keep us from seeing God who sees what we can not see? Going forward, are we ready to sacrifice our own vision in order that we may be reconciled to God’s vision for our lives?

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Gift Of Today

Today’s trouble is enough for today.  Matthew 6:25-34  Tomorrow will certainly come, whether in the flesh or in the spirit one does not know. So – look around. Maybe what we “see” does not impress us and yet we see it. Is the gift of “sight” not enough? Or – perhaps we would rather be “blind.” We know God and yet take so much for granted. He has given us  more to offer than we know, and forget we really only have today to offer it. So for today, let us do what we can and do what we must, but first seek God’s wisdom, open our heart and open our mind in order that we be ready to receive what the gift of today has to offer us.