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March 27, 2009
Vol. 50 No. 19

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The Chaplain's Corner

Imagine a 16-ounce glass holding 8 ounces of water. Is the glass half empty or half full? That's the famous question, the answer to which supposedly marks the respondent as an optimist or a pessimist.

Unless said glass is in a vacuum chamber, however, the correct answer is "neither." For above the water in the glass is air. The fact that it is invisible does not mean it is not there.

Which sets me to thinking: When I ponder decisions, what or who am I failing to see, even though they are very much present? Hourly employees? Realities that ALANA students contend with every day, but which are not part of my own lived experience? Members of the Susquehanna community who contribute to invisible diversity by virtue of their religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or socio-economic class?

The refrain of a contemporary hymn asks, "Open the eyes of my heart, Lord."

That must be my prayer, if ever I am to see all the people and things I need to see in order to make good and godly decisions.

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