Tender Christ, forever near,
Help me feel your presence here.
Focus me on thy pure light,
Inward singleness of sight. (Living Calm ©️ 2016)
When we are distracted, we are, in many ways, divided against ourselves, just as Jesus is describing. But then Jesus follows with this: “In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house” (NIV Mark 3:27). The brain with its natural desires and instincts is clearly, for me, the “strong man.” Our problem is that we alone can’t “bind” it or tie it up. But Christ, the living Saviour, can and does do that. And so sometimes the need for us is to sit still and be quiet, allowing the pure and tender light of Christ to flood our consciousness with the “singleness” of his focus. (Living Calm, chapter 4)