By Gerry Wakeland
In today’s reading Jesus performs many miracles, but the one that stands out to me is the story of the blind man. It’s hard for me to imagine losing my sight. The thought of not being able to read a book, to enjoy the beautiful spring flowers, or to see the faces of those I love is beyond comprehension. Here we have a man who experienced just that and now lives his life totally dependent on others.
It makes me wonder what goes on in his mind as he hears the sounds around him. What pictures does he dream up? Does he long to see again or has he made peace with his situation? Suffering comes in many forms. Frustration is one of them.
Scripture tells us that “some people” took him to Jesus and begged Jesus to touch him. What a blessing that he had people in his life that cared so much for him. What was Jesus’response? To do as they asked; He “put his hands on him.”
His eyes were opened; his sight restored.
I believe that every person has some form of suffering. Whether it’s in our body or mind, our spirit or soul, our emotions or our pocketbooks, we all suffer. In the case of the blind man he had friends that recognized his suffering and sought healing for him.
When you cry out to Him, He will stop everything He is doing and reach out to you in your suffering. And like the blind man you will be able to say,
“He touched me, oh He touched me And oh the joy that floods my soul Something happened and now I know He touched me and made me whole.”
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