I went to my favorite ophthalmologist yesterday for my scheduled, annual appointment. Things have been fuzzy for me so I anticipated a significant update in my prescription. I also learned cataract surgery is in my near future. (Yes, I am on the younger side for cataracts but I have to take the not so good genes with the good ones.) The drops made my eyes heavy and my sight cloudy. I spent most of the day feeling a bit out of sorts. It was hard for me to focus. I would use the word foggy as describing the sense I experienced but this word is being toss about with COVID-19, specifically brain fog. (Interestingly, one recent analysis showed between 7.5 to 31 percent of people experience an altered mental state as a symptom of COVID-19. This estimation is based on small studies and may not be applicable to a larger population.) No worries because no COVID-19 for me, just a long day of feeling cloudy and fuzzier than usual. Of course my cloudiness got me thinking. Is it possible the immensity, the far-reaching and eternal implications of the resurrection is such a systemic shock that equilibrium is disrupted and all that we accept and understand is disturbed to the degree that one can’t remain the same, functioning as if nothing happened? Maybe the day after Easter is supposed to be cloudy, fuzzy and awkward. Maybe every day after Easter is supposed to be different.
Scripture Reading: John 20:18
“Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.”
How does following Jesus make your life different?
How have you seen the Lord?
What distracts you from being attentive to the needs of others?
Prayer: Holy God, when I am distracted from the things that matter, keep me attentive to your presence and to those in need. Help me to respond faithfully. Amen.
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