advent reflection ~ day 11

Turning to his disciple in private, he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. Luke 10:23

Frost+Forest

“Frost & Forest” Kristina Lishawa Photogrpahy

This past summer, as I walked through our neighborhood, I passed two elderly women walking arm in arm. One of the woman was blind, her gaze completely unfocused.   Nonetheless, the two of them strolled merrily as they passed a bush adorned with red roses.

“The roses look like wine” said the full-sighted woman. I watched as she picked a flower for her blind companion. Their friendship was wondrous to behold.

Now that Advent is here, the rose bushes are weighted down with snow. With the cold winds of December blowing, I doubt the two women will venture out again until spring. But their image remains with me.

During these Advent days, watch for beautiful sights. Let your eyes be blessed.

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Nancy Jo Sullivan

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Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.

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