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Lent is Coming!
February 28, 2022, 2:38 PM

Usually Lent starts in February. Not so this year! The forty days before Easter (not counting Sundays) will begin next month. March 2 is Ash Wednesday! I do not know how often I looked for the date on my Disciples calendar for February, then noted the Ash Wednesday date was not in March either! An oversight? Looking for and not finding sent my head into a sort of philosophical/theological meander...common during the age of COVID. So, here is the study meander from my head.

Henry David Thoreau- “It is not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” First of all, some things we “look at” can get stuck in our head and cause no end of trouble. But that was not Thoreau’s point. His point is that our mind filters what we look at. You look at your watch. I see you do it, then ask you “what time is it?” In almost every instance you will look at your watch again to see what time it is. When you first looked at your watch you may have asked yourself, “Am I late to my next appointment?” Teaching oneself to look and see is a matter of training called, situational awareness.

“Seeing is believing” is not a biblical quote. The closest biblical quote to it comes from John 20:29. Jesus is speaking to Thomas at his second resurrection appearance to the Disciples: Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Thomas Fuller, a 17th century clergyman is credited with saying, “Seeing is believing, but feeling is the truth.” I agree that believing and the truth are at times very separate matters, but feelings are not the best measure of empirical thought.

Chris Van Allsburg is an American illustrator and author, mainly of children’s books. My age, but still playful. His books are the source of movies: The Polar Express, Zathura, and Jumanji I and II. He, too, has dived into the seeing is believing topic: “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are things we cannot see.” Check out Isaiah 6:9 and Matthew 13, “They look but they do not see and they listen, but do not hear.” So, Jesus taught a lot in parables. Our faith in Jesus Christ is a walk in believing, not always seeing what is around the corner, but trusting it is going to be all right.

Michael’s Mind from the February Contact