Recently an acquaintance said to me and a few others, “I’ve been thinking about people’s eyes. They reveal so much.” His eyes filled with tears as he thought about the loneliness and emotional pain of others.
Eyes with deep hues of color that shine and gray, colorless eyes that no longer do; eyes that smile and eyes that cry; eyes that wander and eyes that stay fixed; eyes that blink and eyes that can’t; eyes that look away and eyes that stare; eyes that close and eyes that open; eyes that remain half-closed and half-open as they linger on the threshold of death.
“It’s been said that eyes are windows to the soul,” I responded, and he agreed. His insight, shared with me and a few others that day, reminded me of an important pastoral practice: notice the eyes.
So, as I go about my pastoral work, I will ask, if eyes are windows to the soul, how will I notice the eyes of each person I see and give them care today?