DECEMBER 17, 2008
"Vision is the art of seeing things invisible to others."
When I look into the eyes the children of REACH I see grace. For some reason, this causes me to think of the eyes of Jesus.
I shared this with my friend Barbara Pine who informed me that in his book, The Outer Limits of Life, John Medina wrote that human vision at birth registers somewhere between 20/400 and 20/800; that "there are critical periods of development when visual cues are learned, and if they are not learned at the critical time, they can never be learned."
I think about the baby Jesus adjusting His eyes to His physical world, of those critical first months when the physical need to see rightly was mastered. Those of us who celebrate the Incarnation rejoice in that Jesus grew well physically, seeing His world and seeing its needs but also requiring that those who follow Him see needs and lend relief ~ Spiritual sight.
"Blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears, for they hear." (Mt. 13:16)
In the parable Jesus told of the Good Samaritan, the hero of the story "saw" a wounded man and tenderly, generously, met his needs. Jesus ended the story wondering if any of His hearers saw the point of the parable: to see and to act.
And that's where Medina's information landed hard in my thinking. The "critical period of development" not only applies to physical sight, it also applies to the development of our spiritual sight, the need to see with humility, with unbounded grace and mercy.
Day by day, week by week, month by month and year by year, REACH sees the needs and makes a difference by serving those who suffer, especially those children who suffer the brutalities of disease, of social aspersions, and the burden of dreadful knowledge concerning themselves. REACH works to do what Jesus considered essential to those who see rightly – to extend love and grace.
Susan K. Slonaker
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