March 20, 2020                                                                                                      

John 9:1-12 … “Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.’” vs. 3

Some might conclude from this passage that God made the man blind so that Jesus could come along and heal him, which isn’t even close to what the Gospel writer, John, had in mind. God does not randomly assign folks to get dread diseases or cancers so that there can be miraculous healings. But we do live in a world in which ugly things can happen; people are born blind, children get leukemia, crippling diseases hit without warning–we’re all witnesses to the wide variety of maladies that come our way. Often there seems to be no rhyme or reason to their arrival, they come to the righteous and sinners alike. But they always provide an opportunity for the light of Christ to shine brightly! All of us have been witness to the amazing love that flows when tough times come to individuals and families. The atmosphere around Special Olympics athletics is a prime example; those who work in that program are regularly blessed by the experience. We’ve seen it too in congregations as families and friends rally around the hurting and provide unflagging support and assistance. Nothing touches our hearts more profoundly! We may not see blind persons receive their sight but we will see examples of self-giving love in abundance. God doesn’t cause illness, but through illness, we will regularly see God at work.

Thought for the Day: Where have I seen love in the midst of pain?