Seeing Double

Biblical Text: Matthew 20:29-34
Guidelines for Individual Playdates

Value of This Activity:

Encourages us to take several different looks at a single text.

To Begin . . .

Spend a moment in quiet prayer. If you wish, begin by freewriting for 3-5 minutes. Just let the pen empty out your concerns and thanksgiving for the day. Breathe.

How to Play . . .

  1. Read Matthew 20:29-34.Think about the two blind men in this passage. Has there been a time in your life when there was someone who was going through exactly the same thing as you? Perhaps you both are falling in love. Perhaps you are both going through a divorce. Perhaps you both are starting a new job. Perhaps you sit beside each other during chemo treatments. Two blind men. Spend some time freewriting about what it’s like to have a “twin” in your experiences. What’s wonderful about that? What’s difficult about that? Are your experiences really completely the same? Just let yourself mosey through and around that “twinning” that you have experienced. When you’ve reflected a good bit on this, then re-read the Matthew text and imagine what it might have been like for those two blind men. Make up a story about them, or write a conversation between them that happens before they meet Jesus.
  2. Perhaps on another day during this week: Read Matthew 20:29-34 again.
    • This time focus in on the contrast between how the crowds tried to silence the two blind men . . . and how the men “cried out the more.” Spend a few minutes imagining that scene. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell in the air? What is the weather like? Do you taste anything? Are you imagining it from the perspective of one of the blind men, or from Jesus, or from someone in the crowd, or perhaps from someone watching this from afar? Or, maybe you’re the daughter of one of the healed men watching this whole episode.
    • When have you been silenced “by the crowd”? Freewrite about that, about how it felt then and how it feels now to remember it, and also about what the results of that silencing was.
    • When you have you defied the crowd and “cried out the more”? What did that feel like? What were the results?
    • “Twin” yourself to these two blind men. How did they feel when they defied the crowd? Why do you think they did so? Feel your way through *their* experience of being silenced and of defying the crowds and (rudely?) crying out anyway.

In Closing . . .

Take a moment to breathe and let the playtime settle around you. Carry your curiosity and insights and questions into the day.

Playdate Reference Material:

On Discovering Ourselves
Playing with Narratives
Guidelines for Individual Playdates
Playdates with Scripture ARCHIVES

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