He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
When we see people as objects, we fail to recognize the dignity of their humanity. As our eyes are opened, we learn to see people as our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, dearest neighbors and closest friends. In this season of lent, we are invited to sacrifice our privilege and give to the poor—the unseen in our midst. When we begin to truly see people through Jesus’ perspective, we understand that dignity cannot be taken away by poverty, violence, or oppression but dignity is an inherent gift from God.
Nikole Lim is the Co-Founder and International Director of Freely in Hope, a nonprofit organization seeking to restore dignity with survivors of sexual violence by providing educational opportunities and platforms for women to fulfill their dreams. Freely in Hope operates in Kenya and Zambia providing psychological counseling, health care and high school and university scholarships for young women who desire to impact global communities through their rewritten stories. Freely in Hope exists to equip survivors and advocates to lead in ending the cycle of sexual violence.
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