A cataract is cloudiness in the lens of the eye. It can happen in infants and youth, but most commonly in older adults. Fifty percent of Americans, ages 65-75, have some degree of cataracts. Vision becomes altered. Objects will appear distorted and blurred. Loss of vision is gradual and, unless treated, the cataract can cause blindness in the eye. The treatment is surgery, when the affected lens is removed and replaced. Ninety percent of such surgeries result in improved vision. Cataract surgery used to require a stay of seven days in the hospital. Now it is done on an outpatient basis.
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For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.