Do you need a new lens of faith?

Print Article

Rev. Walter Klockers

For years I used the “monovision” method (a single contact lens instead of two). That lens would go on the dominant eye, for distance vision.

The other eye, without a lens, was tasked with reading and dealing with other things up close. I know this may sound a bit strange, but it worked for me for a long time. It took my brain about six weeks to successfully make the adjustment. Once that happened, it worked very well.

A few months back I found it necessary to make a change. I decided to try glasses — progressive trifocals. Once again, time was needed for adaptation. At first, things seemed very strange. For quite some time, I had the habit of raising and lowering my head a lot to get things into focus. Also, it was challenging to see what my feet were doing, especially on stairs or stepping off a curb and onto the street. I tripped more than a few times.

Now that I have finally grown accustomed to my trifocals, my head doesn’t bob as much, and I feel more comfortable managing footwork. All of this involved making adjustments to things close up, middle distance, and far away.

In the 17th chapter of Luke’s Gospel, we find the story of Jesus healing 10 lepers. Jesus told them to go to the priests (the authority that would examine them to see if they were completely rid of their disease). As they went to do so they were healed.

What was surprising was that only one, upon seeing his miraculous transformation, returned. He then threw himself at Jesus’ feet in a posture of reverence, thanksgiving, and worship. It turns out that he was not a Jew, like Jesus. He was a Samaritan, a foreigner. What can we gather from this exchange? There are a lot of things to consider. Among them, one could assume that some (if not all) of the others were Jewish.

The irony is that the one furthest from Jesus’ lineage saw the truth and expressed thanksgiving. This former leper now saw clearly. What once was deemed to be too distant (a Jewish Messiah only for the Jewish people) came into surprising focus (a Messiah for all).

If our view is that God does not love us – that we are somehow too far away – we need a new prescription.

Walter is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has served as parish pastor for more than 25 years.

Print Article

Read More Religion

Erasing history for political correctness

December 14, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald Jeanne and I recently watched a movie on television. It was an Irving Berlin musical from 1942 called “Holiday Inn,” starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. One of the featured songs from that movie i...

Comments

Read More

Light bulbs are not always reliable

December 07, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald Yes, it is that time of year again. A short while ago, I went into the basement and unboxed our artificial Christmas tree. We purchased it back in December of 2016. The tree originally came with th...

Comments

Read More

Repeatedly losing and finding Nemo

November 30, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald Do you still have a Christmas gift that was given to you years ago? I have one that I’ve hung onto since 2003. That was the year that the movie “Finding Nemo” was shown in theaters. The central cha...

Comments

Read More

Understanding the disciples and self-awareness

November 23, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald It is easy to look back at Jesus’ disciples and judge them harshly. Save one (Judas), they seem to be well-meaning. However, they still usually end up missing the mark. Chief among them was Peter. ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2018 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X