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Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord!

        Which
of the five senses causes me to be most grateful?  To me, gift of sight is such a blessing.
Growing up, I watched my Uncle Jacob read Braille, faces, and food on his plate
with his fingers. (Accidents during his youth caused his blindness.)
         Glaucoma causes the blindness of my
husband.  This blindness adds to the
confusion of his mind. His blindness means he depends on others to ‘see’ for
him. Yet, he trusts in Jesus, His Savior, without sight to see.
         Cataracts usually means surgery to
remove the blinding growth on our eyes. When we allow ‘cataracts of sin’ grow
in our hearts, it dims our spiritual sight of Jesus. Not until we accept Jesus,
can He erase and wash away our sin, and we clearly see the glory and power of Jesus.
         Why is it our eyesight dims as we grow
older? What is the purpose? ‘Bucket Lists’ of things to see becomes our focus when
we have sight!  Then with age, our sight
dims. Our spiritual sight becomes clearer to see Jesus. The extraordinary
places we choose for our Bucket Lists are often the creation of God, or the
gift of constructing something grand. 
         If what we see is simply a check-off
list with no further thought leading to worship or spiritually seeing God, of
what lasting value is it? Is a ‘bucket list’ simply a hidden longing for Jesus?
         I enjoy the sight of glorious sunsets,
falling snow, new green leaves, birds flying in the sky, and new innocent
babies. They remind me of the precious ever new-ness of our Lord. Recently, a
grandniece sent me a family picture of my grandparents. This photo reminds me
of generations of family who opened the eyes of their hearts to see the glory
of Jesus.  I enjoy pictures of family memories
and the photo of a new great-great grandchild, far away.
         In this praise song, Paul Baloche
captures our prayer we have thought and we have prayed.  In the depths of darkness, we long for a hope
to draw us out of our darkness and into His light.
         This praise song came as praise prayer,
Open the eyes of our Hearts, Lord, that
We May See You
!”
         Paul Baloche (born in 1962) realized
the spiritual value of these words. 
Although he has also written other praise songs, including Above All, Hosanna, and Your Name, he values the way – Open the Eyes of my heart… draws men and
women into worship.
         The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
Psalm
19:18.
         In nearly every case, when the heart is
written about in scripture, it is not the physical heart, but the spiritual
aspect.  The writer continues, the heart and
not the brain, nor the liver or any other part of human flesh is tied to the
origin of emotion and conscious. The heart is the center, not only of spiritual
activity, but of all the operations of human life. (Eva Marie Everson).
         Open
the Eyes of my Heart
         I want to See You
         High and Lifted up
         Shining in the Light of Your Glory
         Pour out your Power and Love
         As we sing Holy, Holy,
         Holy, Holy, Holy,
         You are Holy, Holy, Holy,
         I want to See You
         You are Holy, Lord.
         How much do we hunger and thirst to
know Jesus, our Lord? How often do we long to visit with Jesus in prayer? How often
does our heart long to belong only to Him? The following are scriptures lead us
to contemplate in our quest to be fully His on this Earth.
         Ephesians 1:18- I pray that your hearts will be flooded
with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those
he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
         Psalm
95:1-3 –
Come, let
us sing to the 
Lord!  Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of
our salvation.
 Let us come to him with
thanksgiving.
 Let us sing psalms of praise
to him.
 For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods.
         Matthew
6:22-23 –
“Your eye
is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy,
your whole body is filled with light.
  But when your eye is
unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think
you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
         Philippians
2:9-11-
Therefore,
God elevated him to the place of highest honor
 and gave him the name above
all other names,
 that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
 in heaven and on earth and
under the earth,
 and every tongue declare
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
 to the glory of God the
Father.
Psalm 119:17-18 – Be good to your servant, that I
may live and obey your word.
 Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your
instructions.
         James
1:5-6 – If you need
wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke
you for asking.
 But when you ask him, be sure
that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided
loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.
         Colossians
1:9-10- So we have not
stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give
you complete knowledge of his will and to give
you spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Then the way you live will always honor and
please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the
while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

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