May 3, 2010

This article, from the SOJOUNERS blog I found to be beautiful and insightful. Click here to go to the blog. Here is a sneak preview, but click the link to read the full article!

The God Who Sees

by Crissy Brooks 04-28-2010

“When I was in second grade handball was all the rage. We played it with big red rubber balls against backboards on the playground. One day I was playing against Amy Watson, a third grader, and she went for it- hit an ace, leaving the ball very low to the ground. I was not about to be shown up by a “big kid” so I launched myself toward the ball as if I were sliding into home plate. I slid right across the asphalt on my nose. I stood up in pain, half embarrassed, half proud of my all out attempt. Turning to Amy Watson, I asked, “Is there a mark?” Looking straight at me she replied, “No, I don’t see anything.” Unconvinced I ran to the bathroom to see for myself. There down the whole length of my nose was a huge scrape. All the skin was gone. “How could she not see that?” I thought.

My senior year of college I had a Communication professor who treated his classes more like group therapy than academic study. This particular class was bearable because almost all of us had gone through the program together and had become friends over the years. One night the professor sat us in a circle and told us to write a secret on a piece of paper, something about ourselves that we never tell anyone. We each wrote something down and put the papers in a pile. One by one the professor read them out loud.  One by one we heard pain, loneliness, hurt. We had lived and studied together for four years. How could we be so unaware of each other’s pain? “How did we not see that?” I thought.

In the movie, Crossing Arizona, there is a scene where an anti-immigration rally takes place in a hotel ballroom. As the speaker rants about immigrants taking away jobs and ruining our society, the immigrant hotel workers are cleaning up and serving those in attendance. Watching the scene I was left asking, “How can they not see that the people serving them are the ones they are railing against? How can they not see?”…”


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