Let's show appreciation for God's gifts of seeing, hearing, thinking.

Thursday, 7/24/14

In the Gospel Jesus says, “Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears because they hear.”

That reminds us to thank God for our sight and our hearing. I often chat with a niece of mine who has been blind for twenty years. She and her crowd see blindness as no great hardship, but they have great pity for the deaf. More than any of us sighted people, they appreciate their gift of hearing.

When it comes to thanking God for his gifts, we should show special appreciation for our minds. We had a great 98 year-old lady here, Louise Clark, who made much of that.  (She was on of four ladies from St. Paul's who was president of the Jacksonville's Women's Club.) Once she asked me to come along when she was addressing the Club.

Refusing the mike, she strode out like Casey Stengle, the one time coach of the Yanks and the Mets. Extending her clenched fists, she called out, “Thank God for your minds. I do. Every day I thank God for my mind!”

Forgetting how we lose consciousness through hours of sleep, we cling to the delusion that we are in control of our lives. The other day I was with a man going into a surgery that he might not come out from, and he said he could see one good thing coming from it. It made him see that his life was God’s gift, and he was earnestly begging God not to take it back quite then.. 

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