Lord, Open Our Eyes

Matthew 20:29-34

29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?”he asked.

33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”

34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

Like so many others, the beauty of this story is to be found in its simplicity.

It speaks in just a few verses of the deep compassion of Jesus and how, because of it, two men who were blind were healed.

It speaks to me, though, about something else – something for those of us who have pretty good, if not perfect, vision.

It’s the two requests – first from Jesus – then from the blind men.

Jesus: “What do you want me to do for you?”

This is, if you think about it, what Jesus asks all of us.

Hopefully, our answer is that of those two men – the next request in the story.

The Blind Men: “Lord, we want our sight.”

Isn’t that really what we all want? Isn’t that what we all desperately need?

We need Jesus to give us our sight…

  • about our life’s purpose
  • about our relationships
  • about our responsibilities
  • about how to, with God’s help, overcome whatever is weighing us down
  • about what God would have us do for the kingdom – our vocation – regardless of how we make a living

These are things we need to see clearly about and God, in his mercy, can answer all of it.

Lord, open our eyes – that we may follow.

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 for “expectant hope.” 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, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. 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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