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20/20 Vision

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage. I bless the Lord, who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the Lord always before me, because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit.

You show me the path of life, in your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16: 5-11 (NRSV)

"The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light," Matthew 6:22 (NRSV)

Carlos Vazquez lives in Florida. In the COVID-19 world of social distancing, officers at his correctional facility have gotten creative in the games they devise for inmates. The latest contest involved competitive vision tests. Carlos was happy to learn the winner was an inmate in his cellblock.

Carols went to congratulate him and noticed he was sad. He told Carlos of his eagerness to be released and see his family. To Carlos' surprise, he opened up about his life and the events that had led him there. Carlos asked him to join him in a prayer. When they finished, Carlos encouraged him to take heart in the words of Revelation 3:20; "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in." Carlos invited him to the worship service in the chapel that evening.

Back in his cell, Carlos paused to reflect. His neighbor reminded him that we can be blessed with 20/20 eyesight and still fail to "see" the obstacles that keep us from God. Luckily, God is steadfast and patient. When we place our trust in our Savior, the Holy Spirit opens our spiritual eyes to see the path that God has laid before us, always leading toward our good.

Prayer: All-knowing God, give us eyes to see you clearly and the people you have given us to Love. Empower us, Holy Spirit, that we may be faithful and encourage others, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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