Random Acts of Blindness

  • Not seeing the person of indescribable worth underneath the plethora of tattoos and piercings
  • Seeing the woman with the “Hungry” sign in the middle of the median as another uncomfortable part of an already stressful day
  • Ignoring the person with their mouth open, wanting to contribute to the conversation, because my point is more important
  • Waiting for the moment to interject the description of my pain and not seeing one who suffers with no helper
  • Rolling over and going to sleep when a spouse needs to know they are loved and necessary for more than practical contributions
  • Switching the channel when the bloated baby comes on because we’ve all seen it before, and my measly 10 bucks wouldn’t help anyway
  •  Not touching the one who just needs a human hand of reassurance because touching strangers is not what I do
  • Slipping a dollar into the can when a conversation was what was needed
  • Asserting power as a parent just because I can, instead of humbling myself and asking forgiveness
  • Seeking conversation, affirmation, and “likes” from strangers and long-ago acquaintances when a neighbor who is lost and battles addiction, struggles alone, right next door

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’”

(The Message—Matt. 25: 34-40)

About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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15 Responses to Random Acts of Blindness

  1. nirlep says:

    Hi!
    I can see why you are a “wife and mother, musician, composer/poet, teacher………” . Your words have the strength to move

  2. Thanks! I enjoy humor, and when I first thought of this title, I thought that’s where I would head. But the more I thought about it, the more I felt convicted of the intentional blindness we all have to so many needs around us. Thanks for posting.

  3. randallslack says:

    Very powerful…and convicting.

  4. Reblogged this on Apronhead and commented:

    *****************Just thought I needed to hear my saying it to me again and maybe you, too.

  5. shellakers says:

    This really touched me. When I was little, my favorite church song was called “what so ever you do to the least of my brothers” (that you do unto me). It was your exact story. Anyway, it touched me so much as a small child that I promised God that I’d never turn my back on anyone in need. And you know what? I pretty much never have. At least I try to do the very best I CAN do.

    Thanks for your kindness and your reminder!

  6. reinkat says:

    Reblogging this weekly wouldn’t be too often–it is that compelling and important.
    Have you thought of making this into a poster? I know I would buy one.

  7. High impact piece, Lilly. Good for sharing.

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