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"Mick Jagger in North Carolina" - by Rev. Weldon Bares

Back in October, the Rolling Stones were scheduled for a huge concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the city’s NFL stadium. Earlier in the day, Mick Jagger spent several hours at a small, old-style bar, the Thirsty Beaver Saloon. But nobody in the place recognized him.

Mick posted a picture on Twitter of him having a beer alone outside the bar, donning a baseball cap. The owner of the bar and the patrons said they had no idea that the singer had dropped by.

Two people were unknowingly photographed next to Mick. They even had tickets to the big show for later that night. But they were clueless that the famous Mick Jagger was right there, right next to them. The owner of the establishment said, “I’m sure they’re kicking themselves for not paying more attention to the gentleman beside them.” (The Week Magazine, October 22, 2021)

Sometimes we don’t know when the real thing is with us, maybe even right by our side. Sometimes we don’t see what is clearly before us.

The first chapter of the Gospel of John points to Jesus with these words, “ . . . yet the world did not know him. He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him.” (John 1: 10-11)

This is my prayer today. Maybe it’s yours also. It is from an old hymn written in 1895: “Lord, open my eyes that I may see, glimpses of truth thou hast for me. Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine.” Let’s pray today for God to open our eyes and help us to find true satisfaction.

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