The Blind See
Little bird laments the hardness of its heart
and the darkness of its spiritual sight.
It yearns for the Light.
O callused heart of misery,
So hardened by sin's vainglory,
Misshapened by iniquity:
"And they came to Beth-saida.
And some people brought to him a blind man,
and begged him to touch him." 1
O darkened heart of selfishness,
So self-absorbed without kindness,
Snared by lies whispered in darkness:
Twisted truths enforced in blindness.
"And he took the blind man by the hand,
and led him out of the village; and when
he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands
upon him, he asked him, 'Do you see anything?'"
O heart brought low by Heaven's grace,
So hopeless in its exposed place;
Awakened to its deep disgrace:
Blind heart now beholds its own face.
"And he looked up and said, 'I see men;
but they look like trees, walking.'"
O heart first touched by heaven's light,
So enamoured by Love's first sight,
Now softened to its neighbour's plight:
His Mercy heals the sick heart's blight.
"Then again he laid his hands upon his
and he looked intently and was restored,
and saw everything clearly." 4
O heart restored within its soul,
In Mercy's love it is made whole,
Freed by Truth, with Love as its goal:
Living flame from a lump of coal!
"And he sent him away to his home, saying,
"Do not even enter the village."
O heart returning to your place,
Please stay secure in Heaven's grace.
He'll hold you close in His embrace,
Until you meet Him face to Face.
(c) Paul Buis, 2000
1. Mark 8:22
2. Mark 8:23
3. Mark 8:24
4. Mark 8:25
5. Mark 8:26