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July 13

Matthew 13, 14-17

Something to read

With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah that says: “You will indeed listen, but never understand, and you will indeed look, but never perceive.  For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; so that they might not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and understand with their heart and turn and I would heal them.” But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.
New Revised Standard Version

Something to think about

We are bombarded from all directions with information now, whether it is 24 hour news, Facebook status updates, the bleep of a text or simple gossip. No wonder our senses are so dulled and exhausted!

Since I got my new 'all singing and dancing' phone, I have to admit to accessing far too much information, far too much of the time. Sometimes I am so busy paying attention to my phone that I miss what those I love are trying to tell me.

Maybe it is time to realise that I am blessed with ears and eyes, so I should look after them a little better. Cutting down the interference and giving them a chance to focus on the important things in life is probably a good start.

Something to do

Try and have at least an hour or two today with no phone or internet connection. Focus on what is going on around you and listen intently to the real conversations around you. Even if you are on your own, you might be surprised what the silence may teach you.

Something to pray

Dear God,
Dust down our tired, dulled ears and eyes.
Open our hearts and minds so we understand your truth.

Today's contributor is Charlotte Haines Lyon, a full time mum and freelance writer who writes for Christian Aid's Surefish.co.uk website.


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