The Lens of Love
While in seminary I had 2 friends, Dave and Deb Trevino, who were able to see the world in a completely different way. A few years later when they met my daughter, who was 2 at the time, they delighted in her activity, the joy in her voice, her intelligence, and made every effort to let me know how much joy my little one brought into the world.
What you may not know is that Dave and Deb are both blind. Reading today’s scripture I cannot separate hearing Deb and Dave’s voices from Jesus’ voice to Peter. So often we think that blindness is a physical malady but as Dave and Deb reminded me time and time again they were not the ones who could not see the world as it was it and is for their hearts knew more than mine and others around us.
How often are we like Peter doubting and shielding our eyes from the beauty that God has set right in front of us? Perhaps it’s the gift of music? Perhaps it’s a small child incessantly asking questions about the world around you? Perhaps it’s the friend who brings the hard roll and sausage you love that you aren’t able to get on your own.
Whatever it is this is what Christ calls us to, to love and to see the God given world through the lens of love instead of malice.
Remind me to set aside my own preconceived notions of the world and those I interact with on a regular and not so regular basis. Lead me in the ways of love instead of malice.
We pray this in Christ’s holy name. Amen.
Rachel Helgeson is the Head of Staff pastor at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Endwell, New York home of the 2016 Little League World baseball champions.
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