New Eyes

Thursday, April 4

4-4By Jim Cummings of Columbus, Ohio, USA

So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.”

—John 20:25–27

Occasionally I see a person who is visually impaired on the street with a seeing-eye dog. Most seeing-eye dogs are German shepherds, but other breeds can be trained to do the same job. It takes about 24 months to train a seeing-eye dog. It takes about one month to train the new handler.

Handlers must learn to communicate with the dog and to place their full faith and trust in the dog. Only 10 percent of people can be successfully trained to use seeing-eye dogs. Once the person is trained and disciplined, they can see with new eyes.

We, too, can learn to see with new eyes. We can learn to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). It takes a desire to know God, a willing and open mind to learn about the Divine. We need to communicate by prayer, praise, and worship. Accepting and returning God’s love will set our new spiritual eyes aglow.

Healing and transformation begin with faith. Like Thomas, our challenge is to stop doubting and believe. Like the person led by the seeing-eye dog, we have to put our full faith and trust in God.

Prayer for Peace
Help us overcome our need for proof, God. Help us form a disciple’s faith that is vulnerable to your grace and Spirit. We have peace, knowing Christ is alive in us, and we will share his peace.

Spiritual Practice: Light
Close your eyes, and become centered with your breath. Reflect on the statement: “The light of God is in all things,” as you breathe gently in and out. Sense or see a point of light in the distance coming gradually toward you. With each breath it comes closer, growing in size and brightness. The light has a bright, soft beauty and radiates loving peace. The light of God reaches you and permeates you with a deep sense of peace. Rest in the light as it surrounds and fills you. Thank God that you live in God’s light, and it lives in you.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will place my faith in you to lead when I can’t see.

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1 Comment

  1. Loved the example of the seeing-eye dog for illustration!!! Insightful, and hopefully inciteful 😀

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