teach me how to see

hey

broken

one

hey

you

who

hurt

look

at me

let

your eyes

lock on to mine

and shed

the hidden secrets of

your troubled journey

your interrupted innocence

the muddied waters

of your broken memories

teach

me how to see

teach me how to see

because i am blinded

by my dollar bills

and the light

of my impending career

but i want to see

i want to see

who you are

who God created you to be

who He wants you

to become

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so

take my trembling finger

and place it

gently

on that part of you that hurts

that lurks in darkness

that suffers in silence

because i want to

feel

your pain

but

i have ignored my own pain

for so long

i have forgotten how to feel

but my desire

shrouded in frustration

my desire is to see

and feel

that broken space

because i am confident

that my healer

the wonderful counselor

the pierced one

can come

and heal

as he’s done

for me

so

would you give me your eyes?

lend me your heart?

i want to feel

i want to see

i want to

LIVE

and

i want to say

in my own stuttering way

that God knows

that God cares

that God sees

that God can

that God

will

——————

by Andrew Jones, 1996

This poem was written and read at the Home Mission Board, Atlanta, GA, 1996.

Published by Brad Sargent in “Godspace 4 The New Edge”, GGBTS, 1998.

The phrase “teach me how to see for i am blinded by my dollar bills” is a sentence from John Smith’s lecture on ministry to the poor at Fuller Seminary, 1995, which was the inspiration for this poem.

Andrew

Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name “Precious” :-)

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