Tuesdevo – October 29 – Life in a Blur

It was 4:30 in the morning.  The ambulance was just pulling out – no sirens.  The “emergency” was more that assistance was needed in the transport than it was a life-threatening trauma.  Still, when someone you love is headed to the hospital under those conditions, adrenalin pulses through your own body and you can find yourself moving before thinking.  That’s what had happened.  It wasn’t until night_driving_she was in the car, looking in the rear view mirror while backing out of the driveway, that my sister realized what she had done.  With neither her contacts in nor her glasses on, life was a blur.  She hit the brakes, ran inside, and grabbed her glasses.  And that made all the difference.

Tee Osborne-Bell lives in the UK.  She is going blind.  She writes a blog in which she says: “Disability is the wrong word.  It implies that I have a disadvantage to others, when in fact it just means that I have an alternative view.”  On October 17, Tee wrote a blog she called “Getting a Handle On Things“.  In that piece she talks about her guide dog – a faithful companion whose age and condition is getting to the point where they will have to soon part company.  Tee is preparing now for a new dog.  She has to be assessed.  What is her life style?  Her personality?  Her expectations?  She writes that, just because you have had a guide dog once, it is not automatic that you will get another.

Some folks say life is a blur.  Things happen so fast these days.  The challenge is to discern which “blurs” are ones we have to adjust to, and which ones are our own creations that put us and others in danger.  Jesus says: “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness.” (John 8:12.)  Whatever our situation, Christ brings clarity where there is confusion, light instead of darkness, life in the place of death.

Blessings to you today.




Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.