To See Clearly
Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Loving God, it is almost too much for us to take in that you would say to us, 'What would you like me to do for you?' What a wonderful offer! What a wonderful opportunity!
Lord God, give me wisdom to answer well. Keep me from yearning for the trivial and that which will do me no good. As Bartimeaus asked you for sight, may we too know what it is to see clearly - to see how you would have us live today and to see that you are right there with us, whatever the day might hold.
Generous God, when this day finishes, might we be able to say that we grabbed hold of every opportunity and that we appreciated every blessing.
In Jesus' name, we pray,
written by Martin Fair
St. Andrew's Church, Arbroath