- in one of his books Tony Campolo tells a story about a time when he was teaching a class and was trying to get a discussion going. He asked the class what some of the world’s great religious leaders might have said about prostitution. They talked about the Buddha’s views, Mohammed’s views, the views expressed in the Torah. Finally, Tony asked the class, “And what do you suppose Jesus would have said to a prostitute?” A Jewish student answered, “Jesus never met a prostitute.” “Yes he did,” Tony shot back. “I’ll show you in the Bible where…” “Doctor,” the student broke in, “you didn’t hear me. I said Jesus never met a prostitute. Do you think that when he looked at Mary Magdalene he saw a prostitute? Do you think he saw [hookers] when he looked at women like her? Doctor, listen to me! Jesus never met a prostitute. He met a daughter of God.” Campolo concluded that the Jewish student understood Christian theology better than he did. Then he added, “To be a Christian is to learn to see people as Christ sees them.”
- ("You might think that with modern medical technology this would no longer be true, but you would be wrong. Neurologist Oliver Sacks, in his book An Anthropologist on Mars, tells the story of Virgil, who received his sight as a mid forties adult...")
- An illustration on disabilities.
- An illustration on disabilities.
- ("When William Montague Dyke was ten years old, he was blinded in an accident. Despite his disability, William graduated from a university in England with high honors. While he was in school, he fell in love with the daughter of a high-ranking British naval officer, and they became engaged..." and other illustrations)
- ("In his novel, Room with a View, E.M. Forster tells of elderly Miss Bartlett. She was quite upset as she and her younger cousin and ward, Miss Lucy Honeychurch, sat down at a late dinner at Signora Bertolini's pensione for English tourists in Florence. They had been promised individual rooms with a view but on their arrival were assigned to rooms facing a back courtyard..." and several other illustrations - recommended!!)
- He was born on July 24, 1725 and was an only child. His mother taught him how to read before the age of three and also instructed him in portions of Scripture, catechisms, hymns and religious poems. Later he realized that the things that he was taught as a child had helped keep him from going even deeper into sin than he did. She died just before he turned seven...
- ("The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for an exotic Christmas vacation. On Christmas morning she and her mother went out on the beach to wade and collect shells, and Tillie noticed that the sea looked different than it had the day before -- flatter and frothier. Then it dawned on Tillie that she had seen a picture of the sea that looked just like this in her world studies class at school. It was a picture taken in Hawaii years earlier, just before a tsunami crashed ashore..." and many others)
- In 1981, Mount Airy, North Carolina — the town which served as the inspiration for Mayberry, the fictional setting of the old Andy Griffith show — was home to what seems to be a genuine miracle.
A Mount Airy man named Joseph Sardler was completely blind, having lost the sight in his right eye when he was one and in his left eye when he was about 26. Then one night he was walking down the basement stairs and tripped over his dog's dish. He fell hard and cracked his head against the cinder block wall at the foot of the stairs. He was dazed, of course, but as he gazed up, he realized that he was looking at the big old gray furnace. Suddenly, he could see! He said, “It’s a miracle. It’s nothing else but a miracle, that is all I can say. I just thank God for giving me my sight back.”
- I recall a humbling episode from a British movie entitled, "Whistle in the Wind." A group of kids had experienced the death of their pet kitten. They had prayed fervently that the cat would get well, but instead it died. They couldn't understand this. So, they went in search of the local vicar or pastor. They found him in a teashop, taking a morning break, enjoying his tea and newspaper. They asked him, "Why did God let our cat die?" The good pastor was not delighted to be interrupted with the matter of a deceased cat. But out of duty he laid aside his paper and launched into a long, complex, theological response to this question. The children stood and listened intently. When he finished he wished them well and went back to his newspaper. The children walked away somewhat bewildered. One little boy, holding his older sister's hand, looked up at her and said, "He doesn't know, does he?"
- ("Take the Gospel of this Sunday. It is clear that Jesus the Light confronts two kinds of blindness: blindness that knows it cannot see, and blindness that thinks it can. The former he has healed; before the latter, he stands helpless. It's no harm to wonder: before what would he stand helpless in our modern world?...")
- ("Kids know mud is good. Whether squished between the toes, splashed up from a big puddle, or patted into inedible but indelible 'pies', mud attracts little children as quickly as cupcakes and puppies. For all of us, after the frozen frostiness of this past Winter, who isn't looking forward to the Spring softening of hard, unyielding ground. There is something elemental, even primeval about mud....")
- ("Louis was a nine-year old sitting in his father's harness make's shop in France in the 1818. The boy loved to watch his father work with leather. 'Someday, Father,' said Louis, 'I want to be a harness-maker, just like you'. 'Why not start now?' said his father, taking a piece of leather and drawing a design on it. 'Now, my son,' he said, 'take the hole-puncher and hammer and follow this design. Be careful that you don't hit your hand..." and other illustrations)
- ("Unless you have lived in a rural area, you might not know the joys of keeping that most unruly, unpredictable, but absolutely crucial-to-life "pet" known as . . . a septic tank. There are some unbendable rules for septic tanks. They will always back up the day your daughter's wedding reception is being held in your back yard...")
- ("After sixty-three years, Wheeler B. Lipes has finally been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for his acts of bravery during World War II. Lipes was the pharmacist's mate on the Seadragon, a submarine patrolling the South China Sea...")
- "Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, the late Archbishop of Chicago, visited Cardinal John O’Connor of New York in 1993 and the men discussed a rumor that one of America’s Cardinals would soon be accused of a criminal act against a minor. Shortly thereafter he found out it was himself. Steven Cook, a former seminarian in Cincinnati accused him of inappropriate behavior while he was archbishop of that city..."
- ("Pastor Denning was talking to a class of eight year olds about things money can't buy. 'It can't buy laughter,' he told them. 'That comes from the soul. And it can't buy love.'...")
- ("Dr. Edgar Mitchell was a NASA astronaut. He traveled into space on the Apollo 14 mission, and he was the sixth person to walk on the moon. But after he got out of NASA, in the early 1970's, he began to study psychic phenomena...")
- ("In 1998, the Nobel prize for Literature was given to Portuguese author José Saramago for his novel Blindness, which is the story of an unusual epidemic that suddenly sweeps an unnamed country. The epidemic is one of blindness, but not a blindness as we usually think of it...")
- ("The innovative genius Buckminster Fuller attributed his talents to his experience of blindness as a small child. He was completely blind for several years but regained his sight a few years later just as quickly as he had lost it....")
- ("Mark Link wrote about the experiences of blindness of two other men. The first one is Jack Abbot, who spent all but one year of his life in reform schools and prisons since he was 12. And about 15 of these years have been spent in solitary confinement...")