Monday, February 17, 2014

God's Works Revealed

As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God's works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man's eyes, saying to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, "Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?" Some were saying, "It is he." Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him." He kept saying, "I am the man." But they kept asking him, "Then how were your eyes opened?" He answered, "The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' Then I went and washed and received my sight." They said to him, "Where is he?" He said, "I do not know."

They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, "He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see." Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath." But others said, "How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?" And they were divided. So they said again to the blind man, "What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened." He said, "He is a prophet." John 9:1-17

God's Work Revealed

Our brokenness a life long burden
we beg and plead to let it lift
our healing is God's revealing
our need is God's inviting us.

The water laps over perfect pebbles
worn down over centuries of loss
the hard edges and angry shards taken
and replaced by smooth skipping stones.

We wish for perfection and lack of pain
we think God is found in the perfected only
yet God's is made most visible in our tears
in our blindness we can be found.

God draws near with mud and spit
an intimacy so profound and basic
that we might turn away and cringe
wanting a mor3e perfect God and self.

God is found in the messy muddy moments
in the chaos of giggling children
in the shattering cries of the failed
and the dark night where we ache for answers.


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