NIGHT PRAYER: Thursday 9/28

I see the world through my own eyes, Lord
    - and I know my eyes play tricks on me...

Sometimes I miss what's right in front of me:
My bias, prejudice, selfishness and haste blur my vision 
    and keep me from seeing 
        what's hiding in plain sight...
And sometimes, Lord, I see things that aren't there,
at least not in reality:
    I "see" what I only imagine,
    I see what I want to see,
    I see what fantasy tempts me to take as real
        - when I know it's not... 
And sometimes, Lord, I refuse to see
what you'd have me see:
    an opportunity, perhaps a new path,
    a neighbor's need or helping hand,
    a challenge, a slice of the truth
    or the next right thing I might do...

And some times, Lord - I'm just blind!
Oh, I can see with the eyes in my head -
    but my mind's eyes are cloudy,
    my heart's eyes are closed
    and my soul's eyes glaze over
    in lazy indifference and boredom...

And though I know my vision's blurred
I still presume, sometimes I insist,
that others should see the world
    as I see it,
    as I perceive it,
    as I know it,
    as I want it to be,
    as it looks to me,
    as I "know" it...

Blurry vision - that's what I've got!
Help me see more clearly, Lord:
    repair, adjust and correct my vision...

Help me see the world through your eyes, Lord
for with crystal clarity you see everything
    plain as day, just as it is
and help me see the world through my neighbor's eyes,
    through my neighbors pain and needs and wants..

You see what's real, Lord,      
    you see what's true and just;
you see through 
    to the very core of my being
and you see with compassion
    with mercy and grace...
You see into every heart and soul;
    you read our thoughts before we think them,
        you see what no one else can see...

Help me see life as you do, Lord,
    with generous compassion and love for all...

Heal my blurry vision, Lord,
     'til I find you and see you
        in all my sisters and brothers
    and in finding you there,
        help me see your beautiful face
            and envision your merciful love...

Protect me, Lord, while I'm awake
    and watch over me while I sleep
that awake, I might keep watch with you
    and asleep, rest in your peace...

Open the Eyes of My Heart by Paul Baloche 
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Open the eyes of my heart, Lord,
open the eyes of my heart:
I want to see you, I want to see you.

To see you high and lifted up,
shining in the light of your glory.
Pour out your pow'r and love,
as we sing, "Holy, Holy, Holy."

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord,
open the eyes of my heart:

I want to see you, I want to see you.

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