Today’s Scripture Selection: First Corinthians 13:12

“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror, then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

Vision is an important topic in the Scriptures.

We read about God’s looking out on what He has created and calling it good.

We read about the great patriarchs and matriarchs; and the spiritual vision that allowed them to step out in faith.

We read about Moses and how he had the vision to follow God’s direction each step of the way from slavery to freedom.

We read about the prophets who had the unique vision to see what God had planned for His people, even when they were wildly disobedient.

We read about the way Christ came and opened the eyes of the blind – healing them and giving them new vision – and new hope.

We read about the first disciples who had the vision to follow Him.

We read of the early church and the vision that allowed them to see past persecution and death.

We read about the amazing vision of the future revealed in the Book of Revelation.

From start to finish – Genesis to Revelation – it’s all about seeing what God wants us to see.

And in a world that is too often blind – we come to realize how important it is to have open eyes, open hearts, and open spirits.

Prayer: Loving God, help me to have the vision I need to follow faithfully.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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