“On that day the deaf shall hear…and
the eyes of the blind shall see…”
The weekend before Thanksgiving I had a wonderful pre-Thanksgiving/Advent
experience of being on retreat at a spirituality center in the woods
with my women’s prayer group. It was an excellent opportunity
to step out of our busy lives into the solitude of nature to remember
what thankfulness really is. Nature allows us to see, touch, and
listen to creation and remember the gifts of the people in our lives.
It was a time of blessings - on us, with us, and by us on all that
is us. And it was a time to realize that even in the midst of the
struggles, worries, sadness, grief and difficulties that are also
a part of our lives, we could acknowledge and feel the living and
loving God presence in and among us.
Today’s scriptures offer a sort of mini-retreat…a stepping
back to open ourselves to the meaning of this time of year.
Isaiah presents us with an opportunity to move out of our hectic
lives into this Advent time to remember what we may have forgotten:
God promises that, “…the deaf shall hear…the
eyes of the blind shall see; The lowly will find joy in God and
the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel…; They shall reverence
the Holy One and be in awe of the God of Israel.”
In Matthew, Jesus actually gives sight to two blind men who seek
him out of the crowd to be healed. Jesus responds to their openness
and belief, touches their eyes and says, “Let it be done
for you according to your faith.”
The psalmist reflects, “One thing I ask, this I seek:
To dwell in the house of God all my days.”
How clearly it seems to be that God is waiting for us…simply
to turn to God in the quiet of our heart…to approach God with
our needs, wants, thankfulness…to simply ‘be’
with and in God!
However, in our day to day busy-ness of the holiday season, it becomes
too easy to become deaf and blind to God’s presence in our
midst. My list of ‘to do’s tends to become extra long
as I plan for the many gatherings of friends and relatives, while
trying to juggle work and home commitments. It is so easy to lose
sight of whom I am called to be in the midst of preparing to celebrate
and I grow deaf to the real meaning of this holy season.
These readings remind me to tap back into my retreat weekend and
remember what I really am seeking. And perhaps it is more about
a combination of what I am seeking/waiting for…and that God
is seeking/waiting for me to slow down enough to recognize and then
real-ize the gift of the loving presence of God’s spirit in
My prayer for me and for you is that we each will find the quiet
space in our lives to allow the waiting/seeking of God to find a
home in our hearts and in our lives.