Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind." (John 9:39 NRSV)

There were some Pharisees listening in on the conversation between Jesus and the man who was born blind. They took offense at what Jesus said. "Surely, we are not blind are we?" they said to Jesus. "If you were blind, you would not have sin." Jesus replied. "But now that you say, `We see,' your sin remains." In John's gospel the only sin or blindness is unbelief. The people who claimed they could see were in truth blind. They did not recognize Jesus in their midst. A man who was born blind could see through the eyes of faith who Jesus was, and he confessed him as Lord and worshiped him.

Stanley Krawczyk was twenty-one years old when he had an accident which left him blind. His faith and a sense of humor carried him over the rough times. Eventually Stanley became a dynamic leader in his community. Stanley's zest for fun became a driving force to bring some life into the lives of those who were dreary and depressed. He began to plan parties at the local hospital. He rounded up ninety volunteers each month, hired an orchestra, and gave the patients the best time of their lives.

Stanley laughs as he tells about the time he was called by the American Cancer Society. They asked if he would be willing to drive people to the hospital. Obviously they didn't know he was blind. Stanley called around and found someone to drive. For two years he and his friends drove patients to their appointments. After a heart attack Stanley wasn't able to do his volunteer work anymore. At that time the people at the Cancer Society discovered that their reliable driver was a blind man.

God of all, help me see you and the possibilities. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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