Readings, prayer, quote, question for April 5

5 Apr

Today is don’t wear shoes day! What’s up with that?

Well there are many souls in the world who don’t have soles to wear. Their feet are exposed. Yucky things infect them, and souls get sick. Souls step on things, and their feet become damaged.

So I’m going to go shoeless for part of the day. Maybe this will open my eyes, or the eyes of other people, to the need to cover the feet of a billion neighbors. The truth is, we are often “blind,” not seeing these neighbors.

Readings

Isaiah 42:14-21=  Pay particular attention to verse 16 where the Lord promises to lead the blind and turn their darkness into light.

Colossians 1:9-14= Note verse 13 where we are rescued away from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of God’s Son

Psalm 146= Don’t miss verse 8 where God opens up the eyes of the blind

Quote

Let us not make a mistake– that hunger is only for a piece of bread. The hunger today is so much great: for love– to be wanted, to be loved, to be cared for, to be somebody.~~ Mother Teresa

Prayer

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them. Enemies have driven me closer into your embrace more than friends have. Friends have bound me to earth. Enemies have loosed me from earth and demolished all my aspirations for this world.~~St Nikolai of Ochrid

Question

In John 9, the disciples argued over what caused the blind man’s disability– his sin or his parents. Why did they fail to see a hurting human being? How do we seek to assign blame for the suffering of others today, even as we miss seeing them as treasured children of God?

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