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Dr. Jay P. Cook, Pastor

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O Little Town of Bethlehem
Micah 5:2
Luke 2:1-7

Intro:
Christianity in its purest form is nothing
More than seeing Jesus.
Christian service, in its purest form, is nothing
More than imitating Him who we see.
To see His Majesty and to imitate him,
That is the sum of Christianity.

            Many of us have family members or friends who have lost their sight as they got older.  My grandmother was totally blind and when I was little I would hold her arm and take her for walks.  She would always ask me what I was seeing.  I would tell her what I was seeing of course as a little boy I was really seeing everything that was there.  My father lost his sight starting in the 1990s and is almost completely blind now.  He would tell you that losing his sight has been the one of worst thing that has happened to him but he still has an internal sight knowing things when he can see.
For 51 years Bob Edens was blind.  He couldn’t see a thing.  His world was totally black.  His world was a black room of sounds and smells.  He felt his way through 5 decades of darkness.
And then he could see.  A skilled surgeon performed a difficult surgery and he discovered how bright colors were.  He dreamed what yellow was but when he saw yellow he exclaimed, “ I never would have dreamed that yellow is so … yellow.  I don’t have words.  I am amazed by yellow.  But red is my favorite color.  I just can’t believe red.
I can see the shape of the moon – and I like nothing better than seeing a jet plane flying across the sky leaving a vapor trail.  Of course sunrises and sunsets were magnificent.  And at night I look at the stars in the sky and the flashing light.  You could never know how wonderful everything is.”
But here is the thing I don’t believe that Bob Edens nor  my grandma Bah (that is what I called don’t ask me why because I don’t know) nor my father are the only blind persons who have spent portions of their lives not seeing. 
There are a number of people around us who have spent a lifetime of blindness and yet have eyesight. 

 

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