Saturday, 8 April 2017

Let the light in

John 12:36-40
While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”
The Unbelief of the People
After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them. Although he had performed so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in him.
This was to fulfill the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
“Lord, who has believed our message,
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
And so they could not believe, because Isaiah also said,
“He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their heart,
so that they might not look with their eyes,
and understand with their heart and turn—
and I would heal them.”

The miracle of belief
in those whose hearts are hardened
those who have succumbed
to the harshness of life
whose sympathies have given way
to cynical unbelief
erected as a protection
for tender hearts
tired of being broken.
The miracle of sight
for those who no longer see
the good and the kind and the noble
because too many times
their eyes have been wounded
with the pain of the world
The miracle of light
for those who prefer
the gentleness of darkness
in which is found retreat
from the pain of the day
and rest for souls wearied
by the gaudy colours
of passing pleasures
The miracle of healing
for all who believe
for all who look to the light
and find there balm for their souls
and hope, faith and love.

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