Dublin First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
To reach, teach and serve others in the name and love of Jesus Christ


Tyler's Take


It was 1818 in France, and Louis, a boy of 9, was sitting in his father’s workshop. The father was a harness-maker and the boy loved to watch his father work the leather. "Someday Father," said Louis, "I want to be a harness-maker, just like you."  "Why not start now?" said the father. He took a piece of leather and drew a design on it. "Now, my son," he said, "take the hole-puncher and a hammer and follow this design, but be careful that you don’t hit your hand."


Excited, the boy began to work, but when he hit the hole-puncher, it flew out of his hand and pierced his eye! He lost the sight in that eye immediately. Later, sight in the other eye failed. Louis was then totally blind. A few years later, Louis was sitting in the family garden when a friend handed him a pinecone. As he ran his sensitive fingers over the cone, an idea came to him. He became enthusiastic and began to create an alphabet of raised dots on paper so that the blind could feel and interpret what was written. Thus, Louis Braille opened up a whole new world for the blind--all because of an accident!


Millions of blind people around the world have benefited from the Braille system of reading designed for those with sight deficiencies.  For many years, this truly blessed invention has enabled blind persons the opportunity to read the written word; something that us sighted people so often take for granted.  This opportunity has allowed people with sight handicaps to attend schools, go to college and function well in the working world next to their sighted friends and neighbors.


Like Louis Braille, Jesus Christ also had a deep compassion for the blind.  This is seen throughout the gospels, as Jesus time and time again stops what He is doing to restore the sight of a blind person, even though the blind in His day were considered outcasts and cursed individuals.  Jesus did not care what society thought of these people, He simply took the time to bless them as Louis Braille did in his own life.  In so doing, Jesus taught us a valuable lesson about not overlooking the needy in our world and taking the time to be a blessing whenever and however we can.  Seek to do this as best you can for someone today and you might just open their eyes to the love of Jesus Christ.