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FROM YOUR PASTOR’S HEART May 30, 2023


I am seeing the world around me much clearer today! No, I did not have some divine revelation in the night. I got some “long overdue” new glasses yesterday. After picking them up at Walmart, I was walking around the store in search of my wife. It was amazing how vivid and vibrant the colors were of the merchandise on the shelves. And the letters on the signs seem to leap out at me, as I passed by them. I was able to read the tiniest of print on the sheet the lady put in front of me, when she was fitting them on my face. And the new glasses actually fit my head, unlike my old pair that were always falling off, since my recent weight loss. That is right, even my head has shrunk!


We really have no idea how much our vision changes over time, until we have our eyes examined. I am at an age where the doctor is watching for developing cataracts. At this point, no surgery is required. Yet, I know that somewhere in my future this will be necessary to maintain clarity of vision. In the meantime, I am enjoying my new outlook on life. Even the words on the screen some more vivacious, as I write this article. It is as if the letters are dancing across the background of the page, leaping out at me as I hit the keys on the keyboard.


On my drive to the office this morning, it was the words to a song by “Brooks and Dunn” that came to mind. The chorus says: “I raise my hands, bow my head. I’m finding more and more truth in the words written in red. They tell me that there’s more to life than just what I can see. Oh, I believe!” As much as I am enjoying the improvements in my physical sight, I understand that there is more going on in the world around me than I will ever be able to see with my eyes.

Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 13:16, “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear.” He was contrasting them with the spiritual blindness and deafness of the Pharisees, who refused to accept that He was the promised Messiah, sent from God the Father to redeem mankind and establish a spiritual kingdom. The Lord is still at work in the world, all around us. Clara H. Scott wrote these words in her beautiful hymn: “Open my eyes that I may see glimpses of truth thou hast for me.” I pray that God will open our eyes to all that He is doing, and that we will join Him in accomplishing His good and perfect will.


Serving in love, Bro. Jim

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