And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:5 NRSV)

There was a man who was killed in a helicopter crash a few years ago. His family requested that "Amazing Grace" be sung during the service. A trio of Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, and Jackson Browne sang a cappella. It was a very moving service when the three stars sang "Amazing Grace." Stevie Wonder sang, "I once was blind and now I see." Stevie Wonder is blind. After the hymn and the benediction, the man who walks with Stevie, the man who is his eyesight, walked over to him; Stevie took his elbow and walked off, still blind. He had just sung, "I once was blind and now I see."

He told us the truth. The words to that famous hymn do not refer to physical eyesight but spiritual insight. "I once was blind and now I see." The man born blind could now see, and like Stevie Wonder could see through the eyes of faith.

Another person who was born blind but had the gift of spiritual sight was Helen Keller. She once wrote, "I learned that it is possible for us to create light, sound and order no matter what calamity may befall us in the outer world." Helen Keller possessed an inner light even in the face of a darkened outer world.

In our dark moments, may we allow the light of Jesus Christ to shine!

Dear Jesus, shine in me and through me to take away the darkness that I will face today. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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