Rev. Dr. Delesslyn A. Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div.
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Salvation and Stilettos Blog
Salvation and Stilettos Blog
|Posted on October 4, 2012 at 8:05 PM|
Maybe You Can’t SEE Anymore…
Luke 4:18b - He has sent me to proclaim…RECOVERY of sight for the blind.
BlogFam,today I went on a Prayer Walk and as I prayed I was reminded of how many things we miss around us that are so obvious. As I walked around, I was thinking about how many times I have passed by these trees, bushes, flowers, people, cracks in the sidewalk and did not have a second thought about any of it. It is truly amazing how much we miss that is so obvious…. Obvious if we simply paid attention. As I was walking, I decided to take a few pictures to capture the sights as they appeared on this day. I saw children and teens and elderly. I saw homeless, hospitals and schools. I saw cars parked and cars stopped and cars speeding down the street. When is the last time you really took the time to SEE everything around you?
As I continued to walk, there was one thing that I saw that was not so pleasant. I saw death. Well, before you think I was going crazy and too much sun hit my brain, let me clarify. I saw a dead bird. In the midst of all the signs of life, the green, the sun, the people, the laughter, I saw death. Now, I have no clue what caused the demise of this one lonely bird but I do know that at the moment that I saw the bird, there was no resurrection, no potential for a comeback, no resuscitation, no hope. I do not know the circumstances or details surrounding the death of this bird but I do know that on October 4, his life came to an end and any hopes or dreams to fly again were promised no more.
Friends,I will not make this post a eulogy for that lowly creation of the Almighty but I will say this: The obvious and very public presence of that dead bird caused me to begin praying for the many more obvious people, places, and things all around us who are suffering, sad,lonely, left out, miserable, moping, depressed, and possibly even dead. Every day we make a choice to SEE or NOT to SEE. And more often than not, we CHOOSE NOT to SEE!
It is for this reason I am compelled to re-imagine our verse for today.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.
He hath anointed me to preach… RECOVERING of sight to the Blind…
As many times as I have heard and read this verse, I never thought about it including those who can physically see. He hath anointed me to preach… RECOVERING of sight to the Blind…
Most of the time when we read or hear about those who are blind we automatically associate their blindness with them physically NOT being able to see…and we should. Blind people cannot see. However,I believe that in this instance the Lord is challenging those who are blind to the economic disparities, racial injustices, educational system deficiencies,gender inequalities, and all other forms of hatred and neglect that we choose NOT to SEE.
Perhaps, in this passage, we are being called to RECOVER the sight of all of us who have said THAT is NOT our problem and THOSE are NOT our people. Perhaps, in this passage, Jesus is calling us to take the blinders off of our eyes that were placed there by our own prejudices, jealousy, envy, selfishness, or strife. Perhaps, in this passage, Jesus is saying that NOW is the time to speak to those who are NOT physically challenged by their sight but those who are spiritually challenged by their sight.
Friends, maybe it is YOU who cannot SEE anymore and on this day I pray that your sight would be RECOVERED so that you can begin to observe all of the obvious people, places, and things around you that are in need of YOUR attention.
GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!!!
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