abounding in steadfast love

Living it and Giving it

Give Me Your Eyes

How is your eyesight?

Do you see who lives near you? Our church is located in an ever-changing community. We can see it in our area businesses. There are Hispanic and Arabic markets on Richards Road. A strip of stores and businesses on Antioch Pike are all Korean. At the corner of Haywood Lane and Linbar Drive are other Hispanic stores including a bakery. Drive through Apollo Apartments or any of the streets behind our building.

What do you see?  Do you see a diverse community of people?  Do you see different skin colors, hear different languages, and smell different foods? If you take the time to look around our community, you will see people who have lived here all their lives and people from far away countries. You will see people who have come to this country to live a dream, or to escape persecution. You will see people trying to own their first home and you will see those who are homeless.

Whoever they are, they are all fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator. Many are lost and are seeking. These are the people we see in our stores, on our streets, in our church. They are our neighbors, our children’s classmates, our co-workers. They are people sitting next to you on Sunday morning. Meet them. Talk to them. Not sure what to say? A smile is understood in every language.

It is so easy to stay in our own groups and simply ignore those who are different from ourselves. We may feel uncomfortable. But if we truly want to live out the Greatest Command given to us by Jesus himself in Matthew 22:37-40, then we must “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’” To do this, we must reach out. We must, because He tells us to.

One of my favorite songs, “Give Me Your Eyes”, is by the contemporary Christian singer Brandon Heath. The words are:

“Give me your eyes for just one second

Give me your eyes so I can see

Everything that I keep missing

Give me your love for humanity

Give me your arms for the broken hearted

Ones that are far beyond my reach.

Give me your heart for the ones forgotten

Give me your eyes so I can see.”

Yes, Lord, give us your eyes, so we can see what is already there.

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