Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She lost her sight and hearing through illness when she was only two years old. Despite this, she was able to learn to speak and read Braille writing and was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. 

She wrote the following amazing words about the use of our senses.

“We differ, blind and seeing, one from another - not in our senses, but in the use we make of them. I have walked with people whose eyes are full of light, but who see nothing in wood, sea or sky, nothing in the city streets, nothing in books. What a witless masquerade is this seeing! It were better far to sail for ever in the night of blindness, with sense and feeling and mind, than to be thus content with the mere act of seeing. They have the sunset, the morning skies, the purple of distant hills - yet their souls voyage through this enchanted world with a barren stare.”

This warning is also given in the scriptures that point to the same risk of seeing but “not perceiving.” The way to remedy this is that people should “… see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:10 and Mark 4:12)

Lord, we pray that you would open our eyes and our senses
so that we might see you at work in this world.

God bless.
Reverend Dave.

(Excerpt from ‘Praying Each Day of the Year’ by Nicholas Hutchinson)