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Focus on God's Faithfulness - Lenten Devotional 2018 - Tuesday, March 20 - Dr. Bill Nisbet

 Dr. Bill Nisbet, Assistant Pastor, Congregational Care

Dr. Bill Nisbet, Assistant Pastor, Congregational Care

Focus on God's Faithfulness
Tuesday, March 20
Dr. Bill Nisbet, Assistant Pastor, Congregational Care

"Sanctify them in their truth; your word is truth." -  John 17:17 (NRSV)

The concept of "focus" is personal for me. In the sixth grade, I happened to try on my mother's glasses and, to my astonishment, clarity occurred. The world was new and amazing. The fuzzy objects in the room suddenly were sharp and distinct. Outside I saw the demarcation between the forest and the field. Riding in the car, I saw my neighborhood in a new way. It wasn't that I was blind. But I was impaired.

As I began to wear glasses, I began to understand the simple workings of the eye lens - to bend and focus light to the right place on the retina at the back of the eye. Occasionally, I would need a prescription upgrade to bring things back into focus.

In the past year, blurriness of my vision has accelerated. Before Easter arrives, I will have had cataract surgery on each eye. And, as many at RPC who have gone before tell me, much clarity will return. I will just need reading glasses.

I can say simply that my faith in Jesus Christ acts as the best lens to bring the world and my life into focus. Of course, it gets quickly complicated trying to understand the intersections of my faith with the world and my life. Even more fun are the conversations we have with each other sharing the blurred complexities and entanglements of our lives and our world.

In Jesus' prayer before his arrest he prayed that his disciples might be sanctified in the truth and the Word. We are those disciples, too. Sanctification means growing in grace. Faith becomes less blurry through worship and daily devotions, living one's values, caring for each other, and praying with the hope of the resurrection.

By your Spirit, Lord, adjust my focus each day to more clearly see you in the new day, in old and new friends, and in each opportunity to share love and mercy. Amen.

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