Our eyes are one of the most fantastic organs in our bodies - how they function - the intricate structure - elements - that work together to allow us to see the world around us. With our eyes we can see others near us - the blue shades of the sky - the green of the grass - the browns of the desert sands - the reds and yellows of the flowers. As much as they allow us to see - they are also the windows to our hearts. Looking into the eyes of another person - allows you to see into their heart. The best example is your dog - look into a dog's eyes - all you see is love - a reflection of your love for them. How we see - what we see is different for each of us.
In the picture above what did you see - the bright sun in the sky - a glare in your eyes - uncomfortable - painful? Did you see the mountains in the distance - rising upwards- touching the sky - reaching into heaven - offering hope - peace? Did you see the garbage cans lined up on the street - filled with the trash that burdens people's lives - the sins cast aside in the hope that God would send His celestial garbage crew to remove from their home? What did you see - what did you think you saw - what was the reality of the visual captured in a picture? In Lent we need to look with our hearts - not our eyes - we need to see the truth that is in each of us - that we are precious in the eyes of God - God who sees into our hearts - knows us better than we know ourselves. In Lent - we pray - for ourselves - for others - for peace - for hope - for life eternal with God. Jesus calls each of us to open our eyes - hearts - to all that we have been given.