As he walked along, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.”
John 9:1-3 (entire reading is John 9:1-41)
Breath Prayer: “being” “revealed”
What is it about our human nature that draws into the debate of why bad things happen to good people? What is it about us that we continue in this age-old practice of wanting to know, needing to know why?
We encounter this again in John’s telling of the young man in this story. Throughout John’s gospel are stories of light and darkness, good and evil, of water, and of bread. Everyday elements are used throughout the gospel to point us toward God’s lovingkindness. Jesus turns the conversation on its head. Reminding his disciples and reminding us that in the midst of brokenness, there is grace.
Jesus brings us time and time again to the heart of the matter. With these stories we hear again the healing that comes to us from the inside out. Here we are reminded that even in our afflictions and disease, God is with us. Here we see again that God’s healing works come when we choose to turn and return to the love that is always holding us.
Prayer: Healing God, have mercy on our short-sightedness. May we see again your living presence in each life this day. Turn our questions into praise and shouts of thanksgiving. Return our hearts to you, we pray. Amen.
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.