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2013-06-06 / Church

THEY SAID IT

It Was a Whole New World

William had battled cancer for almost two decades. He had outlived every prognosis he was given, but now he was declining rapidly. The doctor indicated he had about a week to live.

As I sat by his bed in the nursing home, he said, “I can feel my life slowly slipping away.”

Then he broke out in a grin and began talking about his daughter.

“I adopted Sally when she was nine years old. We didn’t know it at the time, but she was legally blind. They did surgery. We got her special glasses,” he said.

“She had this look of wonder on her face all the time. She’d say, ‘Lord, thank you for that picture – for that tree – for that color.’ It was so cool. For her, it was a whole new world.”

But the world wasn’t any different. Sally was different. Her sight had changed. What was once shadow was now vibrant and clear.

Many people want to change the world. No doubt the world needs changing, but how does that happen?

It begins with us. We must see clearly.

Recently I was reading in the Old Testament book of Second Kings. Elisha prays for his servant, “Lord, open his eyes.” God answers. The servant sees what he couldn’t before.

Only God sees clearly. He must open our eyes.

Seeing clearly changes us. We become people of action, people of love. We become the change that is needed.

Now, that’s exciting.

Lord, open our eyes.

Gary Roe is the Chaplain of Southern Care Hospice

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