Shrinking Print and Faded Ink

Wednesday, January 29

1-29By Karen Moreland of Independence, Missouri, USA

Listen to the Voice, for it cannot be stilled, and it calls you once again to the great and marvelous work of building the peaceable kingdom… 

—Doctrine and Covenants 162:1b

I once “was blind but now I see” is a wonderful phrase from a hymn by John Newton. It is rich in historical and religious meaning. For me it also has taken on a physical meaning. Vision is a blessing from God that I had not fully realized until I started to lose my sight. I complained to my husband about dim light bulbs and dingy paint—not realizing my vision slowly was fading.

I carried a magnifying glass, complaining about shrinking print and faded ink. After going to an optometrist, and glasses not being much help, I was persuaded by my husband to go to an ophthalmologist.

The doctor determined I had cataracts that needed to be removed. After another examination by a retina specialist, who agreed, I scheduled surgery. After the surgery, I could hardly wait to remove the eye shield and check my vision.

Everything was so bright, and colors were now vivid. The calico cat was beautiful. The neighbor’s house was bright white, and all the time I had thought it was beige. Successful surgeries on both eyes restored my vision to an almost-perfect condition, something I had not experienced since I was a child.

Now I praise and thank God daily for the gift of vision. God’s world is beautiful, full of color and bright sunlight. I have been blessed with precious vision to see and enjoy God’s wonderful creation.

Prayer for Peace
We can’t see you, God, but we do see your creation all around us. We know you are with us. Help us pause to enjoy it, pause to praise you, and pause to see more clearly Christ’s mission.

Spiritual Practice: Voices of God
What is the voice of God saying to us? Do we hear the whispers of God’s longing for shalom; God’s dream of wholeness for all creation? Do we hear the “voice” of God calling to us in faces and eyes, in the sounds of suffering and joy, in scripture and sacred word, in tears and laughter, in silence and noise?

Spend a few moments reflecting on when and how God’s voice speaks to you. When did you first feel called to join God in the great and marvelous work of building the peaceable kingdom? How does that call come through the many “voices” of God?

Peace Covenant
Today, God, as I look at your beautiful world, I will listen for your voice.

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