for Spiritual Blindness
Take stock of your spiritual eyesight and, if, as I suspect, it's not
as sharp as it ought to be, then you're probably having a hard time seeing
the hand of God at work all around you. Distortion can give you a very
warped perception in which everything looks dark and hopeless. You may
have come to think that the world is a dreadful place, that nothing is
good or beautiful, that life is nothing but disappointment and misery.
That kind of spiritual blindness prevents you from seeing the positive
side of things, the reality that no matter how things may seem, God is
in charge. There are bright moments of love, caring, and compassion in
which lives are being shaped and healed. It all depends on what you're
looking for and what you choose to see. We can learn to reject the negative
visions once God gives us new eyes to see.
All of us
are invited and emboldened to ask that the presence and power of God
may touch, heal, and restore our capacity to see things as they really
are. Once we've done that, you can be sure that God will respond if
we wait and watch with the eyes of faith. The bottom-line message is
simple and clear. It can be summed up in one sentence: Whenever we
step forward in faith, God is always there to meet us with power.
for Sore Eyes"
by the Rev. Dr. Robert Hansel
the text in its entirety.