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No. 156
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

Once, a long time ago, a baby was born who had no sight in his eyes at all.
He grew into a little boy who had to be led around by others, and he never ever understood what “seeing” was all about. Other kids would say, “you can’t see! WE can see, you are not as good as we are.” But the little boy had never seen, so he was not even sure what being able to see was. He could smell, hear, touch things and speak, but seeing wasn’t like that, or so other people said anyway.

When the little boy grew up people teased him and were mean. They said, “either your parents or yourself must be sinners who are worse than other people, that is why you were born blind!” So the poor man not only had to be blind, but he had to be blamed for it as well! “You had very bad parents, “some would say. “You have been very bad yourself, “others would say.  The blind man was not really happy. He grew to want to see, whatever that was, more than anything else in the world. More than being rich or having friends or living for a long time - he just wanted to see and not be blind any more. He wanted to be able to walk around without a stick, and to handle his own life like a real man.

One day the blind man was sitting beside the street in his town begging, trying to make a bit of a living by asking for help from others. He heard some men who were strangers talking about him. They said, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” Then the blind man heard a most wonderful voice, like an angel, like a glorious dream that voice was. The voice said, “Neither hath [has] this man sinned nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest [shown to the world] in him.”  The voice said more beautiful things and then, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

The blind man was shaking with excitement now, he seemed to know something very thrilling was about to happen. Could this man with the beautiful voice help him? Then he heard the man do a strange thing, he spat on the ground! People around said, “See Jesus is taking clay and mixing it into a paste! Now He is putting it on the eyes of that blind man who always sits here!” The blind man felt soft gentle fingers rubbing his eyes, then the beautiful voice said, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.” So the blind man felt his way down to the pool near by, and washed his eyes.

When he stood up he could see! He could see the lovely blue sky, the amazed faces of people all around him, trees, the sun above, clouds and a donkey. How grateful he was to Jesus! He rushed around looking at everything he could, it was best day of his life.  Do you know, the religious leaders of that time did not like the man seeing at last? They said that Jesus was a sinner, and the man should not say Jesus had healed him. But the over-joyed man said, “ thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” And he praised God and Jesus God’s Son.

All of us were once blind. We couldn’t see that God was real, we had no spiritual sight.  We didn’t know then that God wanted to love us and give us life that lasts forever. But Jesus makes blind people see, and now we can say, “I was blind, but now I see.” Are you blind still? Or have you been given spiritual sight by the Lord?

You can read the whole story in John chapter 9.

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