Freerange Friday – Mark 6

by Hilary Horn

MARK 6 // Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?  Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 

Sometimes knowing someone for a long time means you don’t really see them. You can miss who they really are because you think you know them. How about you? Have you been in awe of Jesus lately or have you been more doubtful because you’ve known Him so long? Talk to Him about this.

Recently, I’ve found that I need new vision, new eyes to see Jesus with again.  I realized that I’ve gotten blinded to the amazing uniqueness of His great love. I was journaling from this passage in Mark and realized just how much this culture of anger and division has hurt my heart. The hardness and harshness of politics has shut down my ability to see and caused my heart to harden a bit. I drew this picture in response and wrote this poem/prayer days later as I processed my need for a new heart.

Today if you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts.

Give me Eyes to See
New Eyes
New Heart
Your Eyes
Your Heart
Peel Off the Old Layers of my heart
the bitterness
the anger
the unbelief.
All that blinds me to Your Love!
All that acts as armor, and buffers me from loving others, and from receiving love myself.
Peel off the Old Layers of my heart
the stubbornness
the self sufficiency
the self righteous, “i already know this” crap that coats the surface and 
bleeds into the core of me.
Give me Eyes to See
New Eyes
New Heart
Your Eyes
Your Heart
Peel of the Old Layers and give me a new layer of 
Your Love
A New Layer of Your Hope 
A New Layer of Your Joy
Help me to allow YOU to be the protection that I need.
Please allow Love, rather than bitterness to grow.
May the eyes of my heart be enlightened
Unwrap my heart Jesus and rewrap it in your love, so that I might love and be loved. AMEN
PS…I’ve been praying for our leaders to have eyes to see and ears to hear.
And new hearts of compassion and love, rather than those of fear and hate.
Join me?

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