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Do You See What God Sees?

Narrative Lectionary Reflection for October 22, 2017, Year Four
Just like God called Samuel to identify the second king of Israel after Saul’s disappointment, we, too, are called to see what God wills us to see. We are called to look deeper, to see the ways of the heart. We are called to see what is right, to practice discernment, and to look beneath the surface. It’s not a “worldly” way of looking, but it’s the way God desires us to look and live. Looking deeply on the heart is a way of seeing the world that requires cultivation and practice. The reward is seeing human potential, divine intervention, and the inbreaking of God’s reign, of possibility and hope. And that, my friends, is very good news indeed. (Photo: Ken Teegardin, Creative Commons)

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