Monday, April 03, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

READING


Old Testament: Jeremiah 24:1-10
Morning Psalms: Psalms 31
New Testament: Romans 9:19-33
Gospel: John 9:1-17
Evening Psalms: Psalms 35

DEVOTIONAL


“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His
disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or
his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor
his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so
that the works of God might be displayed in him.
(John 9:1-4)

In South Korea, a decade removed from the war, daily life in the rural countryside was still very difficult. From my earliest memories, my family consisted of my mother, my father, an older brother, a younger brother, a baby sister, & me. At some point in my idyllic childhood, things took a drastic turn. My mother loaded my younger siblings and me onto a bus to Seoul. She knocked on some doors and left my brother & sister in the arms of strangers. Even at the tender age of 5 or 6, it dawned on me that my mother was trying to give us a new home, a new life. I clung tightly to my mother & refused to go with anyone. Eventually, I ended up in an orphanage and was adopted by a single mother, here in the U.S.

Nearly 40 years later, I cannot remember what my biological parents or siblings looked like. I do not know their fate. Last year, my adoptive mother passed away. I was, once again, an orphan and, like the blind man in today’s gospel, unable to see. I wondered what I had done to be dealt these cards.

What I have since realized, like the blind man receiving his sight, is that my life is, indeed, a miracle. I was gifted with the better life my birth mother had hoped for me, a blessed life with a loving family. I have wonderful children to continue my legacy. My future looks very bright. God's work and compassion is revealed in my life!   
HSL (3/18/13)


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