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May 3

Lord, if it is okay with you, I would really like to just get into a groove of working on the new site and just put my head down and work, work, work all summer through. Please make the time go by quickly, and please make me at least nearly as productive as I was up in Michigan, over a decade ago. It is cool, lovely weather here this week… and yet this place honestly just seems unfriendly, sterile, barren. That is fine with me, I just want to work. Please help my Mate to not be too annoyed or impatient with my attitude, and please don’t let it take anything away from his enjoyment of this place. He is so much less affected by the outdoors of any place than I seem to be. He is just super-happy to not have someone knocking on his door at any moment of any day, wanting him to go work and do things in ways that seem so contrary to his good sense. That is totally understandable. I am grateful that he has that, and I am grateful that I have my work, and the ability to focus on it. It feels like I am hanging onto something, almost like holding my breath. Faithful Shepherd, I am blind to my own self. I offer to you my heart, my mind, my hands, my time, my SELF. Let the healing Light of your Word and your Spirit illluminate anything that I need to pay attention to, and help me to be brave and humble enough to do your will, in your perfect timing. Amen.

 
John 9:16-41 ERV

Some of the Pharisees said, “That man does not obey the law about the Sabbath day. So he is not from God.” Others said, “But someone who is a sinner cannot do these miraculous signs.” So they could not agree with each other. 
They asked the man again, “Since it was your eyes he healed, what do you say about him?” He answered, “He is a prophet.” 
The Jewish leaders still did not believe that this really happened to the man—that he was blind and was now healed. But later they sent for his parents. 
They asked them, “Is this your son? You say he was born blind. So how can he see?” 
His parents answered, “We know that this man is our son. And we know that he was born blind. 
But we don’t know why he can see now. We don’t know who healed his eyes. Ask him. He is old enough to answer for himself.” 
They said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. The leaders had already decided that they would punish anyone who said Jesus was the Messiah. They would stop them from coming to the synagogue. 
That is why his parents said, “He is old enough. Ask him.” 
So the Jewish leaders called the man who had been blind. They told him to come in again. They said, “You should honor God by telling the truth. We know that this man is a sinner.” 
The man answered, “I don’t know if he is a sinner. But I do know this: I was blind, and now I can see.” 
They asked, “What did he do to you? How did he heal your eyes?” 
He answered, “I have already told you that. But you would not listen to me. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to be his followers too?” 
At this they shouted insults at him and said, “You are his follower, not us! We are followers of Moses. 
We know that God spoke to Moses. But we don’t even know where this man comes from!” 
The man answered, “This is really strange! You don’t know where he comes from, but he healed my eyes. 
We all know that God does not listen to sinners, but he will listen to anyone who worships and obeys him. 
This is the first time we have ever heard of anyone healing the eyes of someone born blind. 
This man must be from God. If he were not from God, he could not do anything like this.” 
The Jewish leaders answered, “You were born full of sin! Are you trying to teach us?” And they told the man to get out of the synagogue and to stay out. 
When Jesus heard that they had forced the man to leave, he found him and asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 
The man said, “Tell me who he is, sir, so I can believe in him.” 
Jesus said to him, “You have already seen him. The Son of Man is the one talking with you now.” 
The man answered, “Yes, I believe, Lord!” Then he bowed and worshiped Jesus. 
Jesus said, “I came into this world so that the world could be judged. I came so that people who are blind could see. And I came so that people who think they see would become blind.” 
Some of the Pharisees were near Jesus. They heard him say this. They asked, “What? Are you saying that we are blind too?” 
Jesus said, “If you were really blind, you would not be guilty of sin. But you say that you see, so you are still guilty.” 

 

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