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We, too, are blind


Lord, we too are blind,
But we don’t want to see again.
We are blind to the pain and the poverty around us;
We are blind to the loneliness of people we meet;
We are blind to the violence and disrespect people suffer,
to the quiet desperation caused by debt, and addiction,
by ill-health and fear.
We have seen too much; there are too many broken people;
Lord, we don’t want to see anymore.
We feel safe in our blindness.

But, Lord, our blindness paralyses us.
Our lives are empty if they are not filled with people.
We lack integrity if we isolate ourselves and remain alone.
“A person is a person through other people.”
Without them we are less than human;
And through other people we come face to face with you.
You come to us, not on the clouds,
But in the poor, and the blind, and the lame.
Our blindness cuts us off from them
And we are cut off from you.

Help us, Lord, to recognise our blindness
To know just how paralysed we are.
Give us the will to see again,
To shout with Bartimaeus:
“Jesus, Son of David, take pity on us.”
“Teacher, Lord, we want to see again.”


A prayer written  for use with the Bartimaeus story

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Bart and Sam: A Story to Follow

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The Bartimaeus sermon has turned into a story.

I was struck by the similarities and differences between Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52) and the man healed at the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-18).  They tell us a lot about prayer and healing, and our involvement.  They tell us (surprisingly) that God answers our prayers whether they are prayed earnestly with desperate determination, or fearfully, uncertain about what we want.

I was also struck by the fact that Bartimaeus had a choice.  He was set free; Jesus said to him, “Go.”  He was free to go where he liked.  He chose instead to follow Jesus.  His prayer didn’t come out of a relationship with Jesus, but it certainly led to one.  It strikes me that God is much more interested in our prayers than we are perhaps, and he is certainly far more interested in our talking to him than in our use of special words and formulae.  People often ask, “Are we allowed to pray for this or pray like that?”  My response is, just pray.  The more we talk with God the more natural the conversation will become, because what is natural for me may not be natural for you.

What emerged from my preparation for Sunday was a story; a story about Bartimaeus and his cousin Samuel, the guy from the pool of Bethesda.  You didn’t know they were cousins, or that his name was Samuel, did you?  Well there you are.  I’ll post it to the blog for those who can’t get to Prestbury Methodist Church on Sunday morning, but you’ll have to be patient; it’ll happen over the weekend sometime.

Do come back and let me know what you think.


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