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Rise O Sun!

September 29, 2011

I confess that most of today I will spend with my shutters closed, invariably turning inward festering over todays worries and yesterdays wounds. My inner temple darkened moves about a glory world full of light, the eye of the heart, the nous as the ancients called it, sickened and shadowed. Was I not baptized and transferred from imperial darkness to imperial light? Do I not remember prophetic Zechariah proclaiming that “the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace?”

Augustine said “all our striving in this life consists in healing the eye of the heart in order that it may see God.”

Jesus said “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.”

My eye is bad. I feel the sting of darkness, that familiar sting of frostbite, the sting of unfeeling. Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.

And yet, surely the Sun will rise and I will wait for it more than a watchman waits for the morning. This rising Sun will spill forth its resplendant light, pouring it out on the darkened world, filling it with warmth and beauty and joy. The Sun will lighten on this darkened heart, it has been promised.

But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bryce Keating permalink
    October 1, 2011 8:37 pm

    one thought and one question.
    thought: it’s fascinating that the eye and the heart are so closely related. what the eye views the heart absorbs. when the eye is blind, so is the heart. there are many more that i’m sure have been observed throughout history.
    the first thing that came to mind when i read this was the conversion of Saul, his immediate blindness, and then the meeting of Ananias. Acts 9:17-18, “Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again.” I have no idea if this is at all related to your blog, but I think it could be an amazing physical representation of the presence of the Holy Spirit and the resulting affect(ion) on/of the heart.
    question: what’s the biblical reference for your quote from Jesus?

  2. October 3, 2011 12:37 pm

    The scales falling from the eyes could simply be a result of the physical trauma Paul’s eyes endured through his encounter with the risen Christ. But you could also be right in that something more is going on with Paul and the scales that had blinded him to the glory of Christ and prevented him from trust were now superflous. The scales could be an allusion of this sort.
    To answer your question the reference comes from Matthew 6:22-23 in the Sermon on the Mount.

  3. JRutt permalink
    October 4, 2011 8:43 am


    I know how much you love word studies. Well, I did a one on the word “Sincere”. It is derived from two Greek words, “sun” and “to judge”. Basically meaning “testing by sunlight”.
    What I also discovered is that in ancient times in the market place the finest pottery was thin, and yielded a clear color all the way through its surface. This meant the pottery had no cracks. However, the dishonest merchants would fill the cracks on certain pieces in order to make it look like the real thing. The only way for a customer to really know the difference was to hold it up into the sun light, which exposed the crack fillings. But the honest dealers would mark their best products with “sine cera” or “without wax.”
    In this vein of being sincere, may we always strive to live our lives held up to the sun light of the eternal Christ who exposes all and through His glory makes us “Sine cera.” This is where our hope is!

    • permalink
      October 4, 2011 9:03 am

      I like this, such a great word picture. Talk about being a crackpot! I will have to incorporate it into a sermon somehow.

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