How do you see yourself?
An interesting question?
Often we do not see ourselves as others see us. These pictures reflect how dementia patients often see themselves. As they once were or as they think they are now!
We have been thinking about William Shakespeare in our most recent blogs. Now let me turn your attention to the Scottish Poet, Robert Burns.
He once wrote 'To A Louse'
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia
"To A Louse, On Seeing One on a Lady's Bonnet at Church" is a 1786 Scots language poem by Robert Burns in his favourite meter, standard Habbie. The poem's theme is contained in the final verse:
|Burns original||Standard English translation|
O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion:
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
An' ev'n devotion!
And would some Power give us the gift
To see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us,
And foolish notion:
What airs in dress and gait would leave us,
And even devotion!
In this poem the narrator notices an upper class lady in church, with a louse that is roving, unnoticed by her, around in her bonnet. The poet chastises the louse for not realising how important his host is, and then reflects that, to a louse, we are all equal prey, and that we would be disabused of our pretensions if we were to see ourselves through each other's eyes. An alternative interpretation is that the poet is musing to himself how horrified and humbled the pious woman would be if she were aware she was harboring a common parasite in her hair.
Alternatively, you may see yourself as a bad person who can't get things right and you live with guilt, remorse and fear. The good news is that you can be forgiven. The guilt can be removed and your fears can all be dealt with by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Read these verses of scripture. Consider them and ask God to open your eyes to understand the truth of them.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
['He' is God in this verse]
['He' is the Lord Jesus Christ in this verse]
My prayer is that you will seek the truth and discover that God loves you despite your sin and that you can be forgiven.
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