Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Seeing for the first time...

"Hey Boo..."
Scout Finch to Boo Radley, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

This is my second favorite line from the classic novel, but last night it really impressed me. I'd reread the book (again) then re-watched the movie (again) and I must have needed to see it because it hit me like a ton of bricks.  When Scout sees Boo Radley there, behind the door, for the first time, she SEES him.  All of the myth and mystery of him was gone, along with her fear of him. To kids a mythical figure can be so much more mythical.  They can build up the mystery to gigantic proportions and their fear with it.  Scout, Jem and Dill had been trying to see Boo for two summers and scared the pants off themselves (literally!) to do so. But when she actually sees that Boo is a real, shy, gentle human being, she sees the real him.  And, so tenderly and lovingly says, "Hey Boo..." Today, we all may encounter people we do not really see. We may be afraid, irritated, impatient or frustrated with them.  We must not be really seeing them as God sees them.  Let's pray for eyes like God today, to see those around us as they really are, so we can react to them tenderly and lovingly.  Love, heidi

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