Tonight was the fourth meeting of our college Bible study group, fourth out of a planned eight. We had a good sized group, 14 or 15, with 4 more people coming for the game time after the study. Several of the regulars were absent, but five new people came.
I was disappointed because a couple people I had asked to come didn't. I mentioned that to Gary and he gave me some good advice: don't be sad about who doesn't come, but be happy for those who do because they will have ears to hear. Our lesson kind of fit with that paradox of the senses too: we talked about the blind who can see and those who think they can see are really blind (John 9). Jesus often talked in riddles, with figurative language or with double meanings. Not everyone who listened to his words actually heard them them.
Lord, give us ears to hear.