“Open the Eyes of My Heart”
“Open the eyes of my heart, Lord…open the eyes of my heart
…I want to see You.”
Ephesians 1:18 – I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
Some of you know that, as a staff, we pray together weekly and take turns leading devotions. Sonja led a devotion on how important it is to continue to marvel at God’s creation and all the blessings in our life. It is easy to begin to take things for granted, or, as we get tired and distracted by other tasks, to stop noticing the beauty present in our daily lives. That devotion reminded me of this favorite praise song. The familiar lyrics speak so much deeper than the surface of what we see. In a novel I’m reading that takes place in Africa, a journalist questions how a war criminal is morally able to kill innocent people. A priest in the novel tells her that the criminal can kill people because he is not seeing them as people. He is not seeing them at all. No doubt we have the same questions as that journalist today, seeing all of the senseless violence around us. Perhaps one of the best things we can do is open our own eyes, and help to open others’ eyes to the love of Christ, because, if you see someone as God’s beloved child, it is impossible to hurt them.
Lord, open our eyes to others around us in need, and help us to see them as your beloved children. Lord, open our eyes to the beauty that surrounds us this autumn. Lord, open our eyes to the blessings, big and small, that you bring to our everyday lives.
By Liz Hollers