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What We ‘See’

I pass on for your reflection a poem from Christina Rossetti, one that I have found myself reflecting on and praying for myself. Remember Elisha’s prayer for his servant when the Aramean army had surrounded him? “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.” (2 Kings 6:17). This passage and this poem remind us there is so much that we can and should “see” regarding whatever we are going through. Will you join me, as you pray for yourself and others, that you (and they) will “see” things more clearly, as God Himself sees them? And perhaps most importantly, that we will see, as she puts it, beyond all creatures (and things), that we will see Thee. Only then will we find true peace, joy, and real life. Enjoy.

Lord, purge our eyes to see

Within the seed a tree,

Within the glowing egg a bird,

Within the shroud a butterfly;

Till taught by such, we see

Beyond all creatures, Thee

And hearken for the tender word

And hear it, “fear not, it is I.”

Christina Rossetti