Community Vision

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

A friend of mine took his family to Hawaii for Spring Break (I asked if I could join their family but apparently their roster is full). He sent me a beautiful picture of them together with a stunning rainbow in the background. But it was what he wrote about the picture that really caught my attention:

Check out the rainbow in attached pic. I couldn’t see it due to the polarization of my glasses. Thankfully my family could. That’s what community is for me. Having other people point out the rainbows in our life that we can’t always see…

Isn’t that brilliant? We all have polarized vision some days. A bad attitude. Fear. Greed. Anxiety. Grief. These and many more skew our vision so that we cannot see the abundance all around us, endless reasons for gratitude.

But then there’s the gift of community. People who love us despite our skewed vision. People who see what we cannot and encourage us to take off our polarized lenses to see what is right in front of us. People who gentle our hearts until we can see clearly again.

We all need people in our lives who will do that for us. And we are all privileged to be people who do that for others.

Need some help seeing the rainbow today? Take a minute and watch this.

Jeff Marian serves as lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN

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  • Steve Anderson
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    Unfortunately some in our community are not all that supportive. There are those who do not accept different opinions. There are those who are so busy that they don’t notice others. There are those who don’t accept people from different backgrounds. How sad is it that so many people get their positive reinforcement in life from playing video games. I’d write more, but I have a hit round of Candy Crush going.

  • Shawn Jorgenson
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    This is awesome! I had a similar (yet expected and purposeful) experience while walking outside at night with my blue blockers on. Our neighbor has blue decorative lights outside and I couldn’t see them at all! It was like they didn’t exist. I though, huh… I wonder what else is there that I can’t see even when my blue blocking glasses are off. Of course, reflecting on the experience can be a metaphor that teaches about our spiritual blindness. Thanks for the post Jeff!

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