I know it’s long past time for my annual eye exam and lately I wonder if I need stronger lenses in my glasses. Some mornings, however, I think it’s just a question of “wiping the sleep out” of my eyes, a phrase I remember from childhood. I’m one of the lucky ones who didn’t need to wear glasses until far into middle age and now I bless those whose inventions help me to see, especially each time I do have a check up and see pictures of my eyes in their totality. I marvel also at all the eyes can reveal about what’s going on in the rest of the body – conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure – which reminds me to give thanks that I live in such a marvelous “machine” as my body.
This morning Psalm 123 reminded me to lift up my eyes to the Lord and Macrina Wiederkehr offered a perfect prayer for the day. I offer it to you as thanksgiving:
As new light streams out of the darkness, we open wide our hearts to the healing light of your Encircling Presence. Open our eyes to the opportunities this day has to offer. Surprise us with small joys and pieces of beauty scattered through the hours. O Beautiful Presence, help us this day to taste the joy of being awake. May this simple prayer come true in our lives today. Amen.