Week 39   Day 5




            what a marvelous gift 


                        to be able to see 

                                    smiling children 

                                    awesome mountains 

                                    beautiful flowers

                                    words on a page 


                        yet we look and do not see 

                                    looking past people 

                                    looking through things 

                                    looking at our neighbor's sin and not our own 

                                    looking at goodness but missing it 


            when we are blind and do not see

                        the question of why and who is to blame

                        is a troubling one 


                        wondering if our unhappy condition is because of

                                    some sin we have committed

                                    some sin that someone else did


                        and discovering there is no simple answer 

                                    sometimes yes

                                    sometimes no

                                    sometimes yes and no


            when we allow our eyes and our lives to be touched by Jesus 

            good things begin to happen


                        his touch brings healing  

                                    shows us the way  

                                    gives us hope for the future 

                                    helps us to see in a way we have not seen before



           what a gracious gift  






                                     CAN ANYBODY SEE?

   It takes eyes of faith to recognize the Light of the World.

                                              John 8 & 9


    2Jesus came again into the temple.   People came and He sat

down and taught them.  3Then the scribes and Pharisees brought

to Him a woman caught in adultery.  When they had set her in the

midst, 4they said to Him, 5"Moses, in the law, commanded us

that such should be stoned.  What do You say?"  6But Jesus

stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger. 

    7When they continued asking Him, He raised Himself 

and said, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a

stone at her first."  8Again He stooped down and wrote on the

ground.  9Then those who heard it, being convicted by their

conscience, went out one by one.  10When Jesus raised up and

saw no one but the woman, He said to her, "Woman, where are

those accusers of yours?  Has no one condemned you?  Neither

do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

    12Jesus spoke again, "I am the light of the world. He who

follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of

life."  1As Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from

birth.  2His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned,

this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

    3Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents, but that

the works of God should be revealed in him.  4 I must work

while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 

5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

    6When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and

made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind

man with the clay.  7He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of

Siloam."  So he went and washed, and came back seeing.

    8Those who previously had seen him blind said, "Is not this

he who sat and begged?"  9Some said, "This is he."  Others

said, "He is like him."  10Therefore they said to him, "How

were your eyes opened?"  11He answered, "A Man called Jesus

made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to the pool

of Siloam and wash.'  I went and washed, and I received sight." 

12They said to him, "Where is He?"  He said, "I do not know."

    13They brought him to the Pharisees.  14Now it was a

Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.  

16Therefore some of the Pharisees said, "This Man is not from
God, because He does not keep the Sabbath."  Others said,

"How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?"  And there

was a division among them.

             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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