Sunday, March 30, 2014
Have you ever thought how different Bible stories appeal to folks of different ages? That’s been my experience and perhaps it’s been yours as well. I have to admit that nowadays I really like all the Bible stories regarding blindness and sight. I didn’t used to. I used to like the superhero stories as in David slaying Goliath and Samson and the Philistines. That was when I was younger, but now, as an adult, I have an affinity to the Bible’s stories like our passage today. This is probably because my sight has weakened as I’ve grown older. I was near-sighted at 12 and needed a cornea transplant 4 years ago. There have been times that I just couldn’t see and had to be led around a bit. Once at Annual Conference, I had a bit of an eye condition and couldn’t wear my contacts. My sister wound up kind of leading my father, who has macular degeneration, and me, around; it was the blonde leading the blind! It was interesting in that preachers were politicking for a spot on the delegation to elect bishops. I couldn’t tell one person from the next and had to be nice to all which led some to think I was running! Some of you know what it’s like to not see well and have a taste of what the man in our story went through: dependence upon others to let them know what is happening, speaking to people but not knowing who they are; having to be warned about the “baby steps of life” in terms of curbs and stairs; having menus and programs read as well as shows described, only being able to sing familiar hymns… some of us realize some of the challenges the man in the story faced.