“Then Jesus stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him;
and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
‘What do you want me to do for you?’
He replied, ‘Lord, please let me see.'”
In this morning’s Gospel reading, the author of Luke shares this powerful story of healing and puts the burden of our requests on the lips of one man (18:35-43).
“Lord, please help us see.”
This week, let us pray that we see civility return to our public discourse.
Let us pray that we see those for whom we are thankful gathered safely around our table.
Let us pray that we can see peacemakers in our families, our parishes, and our communities.
Let us pray that we can see safety in our schools and in our churches and synagogues.
Let us pray that we can see those in need around us and be moved to share what we have.
Let us pray that we can see those who need a lift up, a kind word, or an encouraging note – and be inspired to act.
Let us pray that we see a way that we can help support those who sacrifice so much for the freedoms we enjoy.
Let us pray that we can see fires quenched, homes rebuilt, lives spared, and first responders home with their families.
Let us pray that we can see the lines on the road, the signs at the corners, the lights that are red, and the cars all around us so as to arrive safely to our destinations.
Let us pray that we can see the face of Christ in those who annoy us, challenge us, and confuse us.
Let us pray, too, that we can see the face of Christ in the mirror, shedding self-doubt and remembering that we are all children of God.
Lord, help us see the truth, not as we wish it were, but as it is.
Lord, please help us see…
With a grateful heart.