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Seeing with New Eyes

by Kathy Kraiza

Suggested Readings : 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14 and John 9:1-41

For over 20 years, my job required my family to move every three or four years. Each move would take us somewhere new and exciting. As outsiders, we would see our surroundings with new eyes.

In the beginning, we were anxious to take advantage of our newness, visiting all of local tourist attractions, the beaches, the museums, and the zoos. After a period of time, we settled into the everyday routine of life and would tire of site seeing. I often think of how many wonderful sites we missed simply because we became complacent.

Just as our new eyes saw many marvelous things in our new surroundings, we also saw objectionable things. However, as outsiders, we hesited to speak up and draw attention to what we saw. "After all," we were told, "that's just how it is around here." We were just passing through, staying only a few years.

Chapter nine of John tells us a story of a man born blind. Jesus doesn't wait for the man to ask for healing. Instead, he tells the disciples, "We must work the works of him who sent me." (9:4) The man does what Jesus tells him and finds himself not only healed but bearing witness to what has happened to him.

We do not bear witness if we do not stop to respond to those around us. How easy it is to become accustomed to the complacency we encounter everyday. Once we are healed of our own blindness through the grace of God, we cannot continue to sit idly by. We must respond.

Now I am reminded not only of my family's missed opportunities for site seeing but also for bearing witness to what we saw around us. As we go through this Lenten season may we be reminded of Paul's message to the Ephesians, "For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light." (5:8).

Kathy Krazia, a deaconess candidate, is the Executive Director for UMCOR Sager Brown.

For more information on the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner, visit our website at or contact Becky Louter at or 212-870-3850.

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Topic: Bible Children Communities Lent
Geographic Region: World
Source: Mission Personnel

Date posted: Mar 10, 2008