June 2018, Christ Mountain Top, VBS Sunday
the Psalm, Psalm 36.5-10
1 Samuel 16.1-13
so often shaped by things other than our senses
often we can’t find things that are right in front of us?
often do we assume we’re a good judge of character only to be totally wrong?
“see/sight/vision/look” in the Samuel story:
assignment, that Samuel can’t “see straight”: 1 Samuel 16:7 the LORD does not see as mortals see; they
look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.
to see the future because we are focused on the past
is not stuck in the past. God chooses to act to create a new future.
you spend all your time looking in the rearview mirror. It is always easier to see into the past than into the
future; that is why it is often more comfortable to remain in the past, with
all its problems, than to join God in forming the future. God’s sight is different than ours.
to see the person because we are focused on the appearance
re David’s brothers and the kingly look of Saul’s height
not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks
on the heart.
features is inadequate and untrustworthy
immigrant status, sexuality – can we welcome people as people, rather than as
to see by learning to hear
my path. (sound-sight)
of the LORD, God has rejected you as king” (15.23).
listen to God. Saul had not. David did. One of the key aspects of this is the
internal correction, the clarity of who we are and where we fail. We’ve all got
blind spots, some of them pretty huge. Remaining ignorant of them sets us up
for serious failures.
greater evil to be full of them and unwilling to recognize them.”
Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation
are at liberty to be real, or to be unreal. We may be true or
the choice is ours. We may wear now one mask and now
and never, if we so desire, appear with our own true
But we cannot make these choices with impunity. Causes
effects, and if we lie to ourselves and to others, then we
expect to find truth and reality whenever we happen to
“Veneer: A Commentary on Culture and the Church” published by QShorts, 2009.