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Lent Four - Seeing Differently

It seems to be a human need to be seen. An infant held at arm’s length facing us is just the right distance to focus on our face and will respond to us and we to them. We desire to see and to be seen. And most of us ache to be not only seen in the everyday sense we long to be seen as we potentially are – to have someone see us as we could be, are meant to be, are hoping and growing toward. (Fourth Sunday in Lent. 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41) We live in an age and culture when being seen as we would like to be is an art form that brings fear and reassurance. Think of the effort that goes into social media accounts and managing our appearance in the world. The shadow side of this desire is the anxiety about being seen as we fear we really are. The readings set for this week explores how God sees us, how well or blindly we see, and how this process of being seen, of being exposed to the light, can transform us.