Mark 8:22-26 NRSVue

22They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. 23He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Can you see anything?” 24And the man looked up and said, “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again, and he looked intently, and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26Then he sent him away to his home, saying, “Do not even go into the village.”,

Some thoughts on this scripture

Jesus took the blind man out of the village and, having healed him, told him not to return there. This time of prayer for me is a time of stepping apart, of being alone with Jesus. Are there some concerns I have from which I can step away for a while? Are there some things about which I worry that I might leave in the hands of the Lord?

Sight was given to the man gradually, not all at once. I take some time to notice how my prayer leads me to appreciate God's light and consolation. As I see how God opens my eyes gently, I ask for the faith and hope I need to continue to trust in God's goodness.