First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor's eye. (Luke 6:42 NRSV)

A mother of five lost her vision through illness. She struggled with her blindness. She had always been self-sufficient, doing things for herself. Now she had to depend on other people to do the things she once did for herself. Through this experience she realized how much she needed other people.

After losing her sight she began to notice things around her that she had never noticed before. There was a young man who had been born blind who stood on the street corner. When she had her sight she never paid any attention to him, but now that she could not see she spoke to him and eventually became his friend. She discovered that he'd never had a birthday party. "So I baked him a cake and organized a party," she said. "He blew out the candles he couldn't see." He was delirious with joy. She describes her experience in most interesting terms. She says, "I felt so happy. I had come from that blind person on the corner to someone who had seen a need and done something about it." You see what she was saying? It was she who was blind--blind to the needs of others, but now she could see.


Dear Jesus, help me to see the needs of your precious children. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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