Daily Worship

Giving thanks for those who see

March 04, 2021 0
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Luke 17: 11-19 (NRSVA)

11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13 they called out, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ 14 When he saw them, he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were made clean. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16 He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus asked, ‘Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18 Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ 19 Then he said to him, ‘Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.’

Sometimes it takes the outsider

to really see

to grasp the momentum

of an occasion

to gauge the impact

with accuracy.

It takes someone

outside of the crowd

to pick up the cues.

When those on the inside

are too busy

being blinded by tradition

and expectation

the outsider

grasps the import

and closes in

to maximise the potential

and realise the blessing.

Fresh eyes

go a long way

to bringing new perspective

and alerting others

to the miracles

being played out

right in our midst.

Sometimes "the foreigner"

just gets it

bringing fresh vision

and renewed energy.

May we look

for those moments

when "outsiders"

show us the way

and may we follow their lead.

Lent Legacy 2021 Action

What would a letter of gratitude look like written to God? What would a letter of gratitude look like written to a friend who is a key worker?