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Pastor’s Blog  Rev. Todd Watson

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Consecration Sunday

November 15th

10:00 a.m. Combined Worship

in the Sanctuary & Luncheon

at Southern Oaks

 

When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Mark 10:47

There are all kinds of blindness. We could interpret this story literally — a physically blind man sought out Jesus, believed that Jesus could make him physically able to see again; and Jesus healed him. But as I reflect on this story, I think about other kinds of blindness besides the physical kind — blindness that most of us can relate to.

We’ve all heard the saying, “love is blind,” which means is that a person who is in love can’t see the person he or she is falling in love with objectively.  People in love often can’t see the potential problems in the relationship and the possible character flaws in the object of their affection that seem so perfectly obvious to everyone else.

We also speak of blindness in terms of those inevitable times in life when we lose our way. We’ve all had periods when it seemed as if darkness were all around and we were just stumbling along, trying to stay on our feet, searching desperately for a way out, searching for a way to regain our faith. Even people of enormous, historic faith have experienced those times.

Consider, for example, the disciples, who denied knowing Jesus; then, later, after he was crucified, hid in the darkness and shelter of the Upper Room to avoid a similar fate. Augustine, one of fathers of the Christian faith, went through periods when he found himself searching desperately to hang on to his faith. St. John of the Cross, a 16th century Roman Catholic mystic, wrote a poem and later a commentary about periods of spiritual darkness called “The Dark Night of the Soul.” Even our own John Wesley found himself frightened and miserable and faithless in the midst of a powerful storm during a journey from America back to his home in England. Losing our way, even temporarily, is a kind of blindness.

In the forty-second chapter of Isaiah, God said, “I will lead the blind by a road they do not know, by paths they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground” (Isaiah 42:16 NRSV). In that passage, God isn’t talking about that small fraction of people who do not have the physical ability to see; rather, God is talking about all of God’s people and something other than physical blindness.

And certainly in the passage in the Old Testament where God calls Isaiah to be a prophet in the sixth chapter: “Make the minds of this people dull. Make their ears deaf and their eyes blind, so they can’t see with their eyes or hear with their ears, or understand with their minds, and turn, and be healed” (Isaiah 6:10 CEB). Clearly God is not speaking of physical handicaps or physical healing.

We all are blind. We all lose our way. We all do not see the truth about ourselves, life, and faith. This Sunday we are going to explore this passage about Blind Bartimeus and some of the avenues of our blindness and try to make ourselves more available to God, more available to possibility, more available to the Life of the Kingdom. Please begin reflecting now on where your blindness lies, for we all have some and need desperately to see. Until then… Peace, Todd

 

Our church mission leadership is again preparing for our work in Ecuador in
the Spring/Summer of 2016. If you are interested in ANY aspect of financially
contributing, prayerfully supporting, or being involved in any local or
foreign mission yourself, you are encouraged to attend a Sunday Evening
study of the book, When Helping Hurts, starting Sunday, October 18th at
5:30 p.m. This study will meet EVERY OTHER WEEK, and a calendar of
meeting dates will be set at the first meeting. If interested please respond in
the pew register, or call Joan Holland at 601-408-2744 so that the appropriate
number of books can be purchased.