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Back to Our Senses 1: Sight

To reflect on spiritual blindness

by Helen Redfern

Suitable for Key Stage 3

Aims

To reflect on spiritual blindness.

Preparation and materials

This is the first in a series of five assemblies looking at Jesus’ response to our senses.
You will need:

  • a picture of a busy scene either on an OHP slide or on a large poster.

Obviously the issue of visual impairment is a sensitive one and this assembly should be approached with care, especially if you have students who are differently-abled.

Bible reading

Mark 10.46-52

Assembly

   Introduction

  1. Isn’t it great to be able to see? To be amazed by the beauty of God’s creation, to enjoy watching an exciting film at the cinema, to appreciate the good looks of a pop star or sports personality!
  2. Imagine not being able to see – many people in our world are partially sighted or blind – you may know of famous people like the MP David Blunkett or musician Stevie Wonder. Or you may have friends or relatives who have difficulties with their eyes. The world would become a completely different place without sight.
  3. Most of us take being able to see for granted, but just how much do we see even when we are really looking?

    Interactive exercise

  4. Either show the children a picture on the OHP or a large poster or get them to have a good look at the room around them. Choose something busy like a street scene or a football match.
  5. Give them one minute to look really carefully and then hide the picture or get them all to close their eyes. Put them into pairs where they are sitting.
  6. Ask ten quick questions about details in the picture for them to answer (five each) to the person next to them. Ask for an indication about how well they did: Did they find it easy or hard? Which questions gave them the most trouble?
  7. Say that our eyes are very important to us. Jesus thought so too. While he was on the earth, he promised to make the blind see.

    Bible story

  8. Read Mark 10.46–52.
  9. The man was desperate to see and Jesus made him see again! How amazing! The man must have been overjoyed. Seeing with our eyes is important, but the Bible also talks about seeing with our hearts, and this is really what matters as we go through life.

Time for reflection

Reflection:

Spiritual sight

Sometimes we feel in the dark.

We don’t know the way to go.

We can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

We hope for light to walk by, but there is only darkness.

We grope about like blind people.

Jesus said ‘I am the light of the world.’

Let the eyes of our hearts be opened.

Sometimes we are so hurt we can’t see straight.

Anger clouds our eyes; we see red.

Hate plunges us into darkness.

We walk on into resentment and bitterness and do not know where we are going, because darkness has made us blind.

Jesus said ‘I am the light of the world.’

Let the eyes of our hearts be opened.

Let the eyes of our hearts be opened to light.

Let the eyes of our hearts be opened to love.

Let the eyes of our hearts be opened to hope.

Let the eyes of our hearts be opened.

(based on Isaiah 59.9,10; John 8.12; 1 John 2.11; Ephesians 1.18)

 

Prayer:

Thank you, Father God, for the gift of sight.

Help us not to take it for granted but to enjoy all that looks so beautiful in the world around us.

Help us to remember those who cannot see; help us to show consideration and kindness to them.

Show us how the eyes of our hearts can be opened to your light and love.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Hymn

‘When Jesus walked in Galilee' (Come and Praise, 25)

Publication date: June 2005   (Vol.7 No.6)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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