The Beauty Of Sight

blind woman

Have you ever thought for very long what life might be like for you without your sight?

Do you, like me, sometimes find it hard to see in the dark?

Recently, I ran across a story that got me thinking about this reality. Of course, we all know the story of Helen Keller.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” Helen Keller

Her story, as well her countless quotes have inspired multitudes through the years since her birth in 1880. Keller’s life completely changed the attitudes of many towards those with blindness and/or deafness. Did you know? Helen Keller, though both deaf and blind, graduated from Radcliffe College in 1904 at the age of 24 and went onto author sixty-seven books?

More recently, a woman by the name of Anna Mae Pennica was born blind in 1919. In 1982 the Los Angeles Times carried a story of Mrs. Pennica, sixty-two-year-old at the time. At age 47, she married a man she met in a Braille class; and for the first fifteen years of their marriage he did the seeing for both of them until he completely lost his vision to retinitis pigmentosa. Mrs. Pennica had never seen the green of spring or the golden, orangish hues of a sunset…

Then in October, 1981 Dr. Thomas Pettit of the Jules Stein Eye Institute of UCLA performed surgery to remove the rare congenital cataracts from the lens of her eyes and Mrs. Pennica saw for the first time ever! Imagine! She had lived for 62 years without the beauty of sight.

The LORD gives sight to the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are weighed down. The LORD loves the righteous.” Psalm 146:8 

The newspaper account does not record her initial response, but it does tell us that she found that everything was “so much bigger and brighter” then she ever imagined….

Since that day Mrs. Pennica has hardly been able to wait to wake up in the morning, splash her eyes with water, put on her glasses, and enjoy the changing morning light. Her vision is almost 20/30- good enough to pass a driver’s test.

Think how wonderful it must have been for Anna Mae Pennica when she looked for the first time at the faces she had only felt, or when she saw the kaleidoscope of a pacific sunset or a tree waving its branches or a bird in flight.

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.” Helen Keller 

The beauty of physical sight is wonderful. And the miracle of seeing for the first time can hardly be described.

Colorful flower bouquet from red roses for use as background. Closeup.
Imagine being Mrs. Pennica??? What do you think you would want to see first? a mountainside with red and yellow changing foilage, a deer running through the forest, your child’s brown eyes, red roses, the sun setting over the lake?

Autumn scene. Fall. Trees and leaves in sun light


Close your eyes for just a moment imagining

what a life would be like without the beauty of sight.

I am the Light of the world. So if you follow me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, for living light will flood your path.” John 8:12

I will bet that you are as grateful as

I am to have eyes to see all that is before us.

1 thought on “The Beauty Of Sight”

  1. As a blind individual, I am grateful for the life I have. I often say, “I am just blind.” I lost most of my vision at the age of nine, and now at the age of 57, I continue to apprciate each day, and the blessings God has given me. Other people I have met always think about how they would feel if they were blind. Even people with other disabilities such as those using a wheelchair for mobility or deaf, usually comment they are thankful they are not blind, and they do not know how they could manage. I am always thankful, I have my own disability. I think the answer to the question of what would we do with these other challenges is that it is basic nature to compensate and overcome challenges. Of course, many people are bound by their limitations, but it seems to me that most people become strong because of the barriers we face. I believe we all have something to work through, and how we deal with our limitations defines our attitudes in everyday situations. That is, the more challenges you face, the more flexible you become and develop problem solving skills. Of course, this is individual, and some are able to adapt better than others.
    Thanks for the opportunity to share.

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