Posted on Friday, May 10, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
“We may not be directly to blame for the sufferings of others, but we cannot ignore the connections,” wrote Christopher Wright.
Wright, the author of The God I Don’t Understand challenges us to see our deep connection to the pain, suffering and impact of evil in our world.
“Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
When I was little I wondered what it would be like to be blind. I didn’t know anyone blind, but I did read Daredevil comic books.
While reading Daredevil comic books I learned that main character Matt Murdoch was blinded as a boy, but remarkably his other senses were heightened to compensate for his blindness.
Later I learned that not all people who lose their sight have such benefits.
God inspired Jesus Christ’s close friend John to recorded the following story about a blind man. “As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who had been blind since birth. Jesus’ disciples asked, “Teacher, why was this man born blind? Was it because he or his parents sinned?”
Stresses weigh us down.
When we’re screaming nonsense, pounding on walls, swearing about our circumstances, and mumbling under our breath, we need hope; because , “A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day.“ 1
Worries tighten us up.
“If you are cheerful, you feel good; if you are sad, you hurt all over.” 2 Fortunately, there’s hope.
And, now’s an ideal opportunity to introduce you to an uplifting, hope-filled song by India.Arie.