As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, "Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!" Jesus stood still and called them, saying, "What do you want me to do for you?" They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened." Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him. Matthew 20:29-34
We left Sitka Wednesday morning, sent off with love by our wardens and one deacon. We landed in Boston late at night and spent yesterday recuperating and looking for housing. We will head out today for points south, visiting our daughters on the way. We have an idea what's next for us, but nothing is completely arranged. We cannot see the coming days well, and feel sometimes like we are stumbling in the dark. We pray for traveling mercies and God's compassion as we ache to see our way forward.
Jesus too is on the road. Two blind men were begging for healing, for God's mercy. Although the crowd wanted them silent, wanted to pass by their need, Jesus was moved with compassion. We are invited to hear God's call to us to ask for what we need, expecting God, the source of all compassion and healing, to respond to us. Even if the crowd and the world round us does not want us whole, divine love surely does.
Today I ask God for traveling mercies and for simple sight for the days ahead. May we trust God with each new step or road we take, knowing that our lives are secure in the hands of the divine, who is the source of all love, healing and compassion.