Pastor Don's Journal Articles
Martin Jones had been blind for more than a decade, having lost his vision after an explosion at work. Suddenly plunged into a world of darkness, he was resigned to never seeing again. A few years later he met and married Gill, sight unseen.
But two years ago an amazing thing happened. A new operation only performed 50 times in Great Britain, where Jones lives, offered the possibility that he could regain his sight. Surgeons took one of his teeth and used it as a holder for a special lens, grafted from the inside of his cheek, and implanted it in his eye socket. It was just a small portion of a tooth, chiseled down to the proper size, and placed under his left eyelid.
And when the bandages were removed… At first he said it was like looking through water. Then, the form of his wife came into view.
“She was the first person I wanted to see,” Jones said. “She’s wonderful and lovely. It was unbelievable to see her for the first time. I can’t describe it – it’s beyond words.” (As reported in the London Daily Mail, July 4, 2009).
What medical science is now sometimes able to do is indeed amazing and remarkable. But Jesus was restoring sight to the blind a long time ago, using power-filled words, or just a touch, or a mixture of mud and spit. Miracles that pointed to the fact that God was present and at work in the lives of people.
My message this coming Sunday will focus on one of these “signs”, the healing of the man born blind in John 9. Please read the scripture before you come and prepare your heart for God to speak truth into your life. The title of my talk is “Was Blind, But Now I See,” that famous line from John Newton’s hymn.
We all have “blind spots” in our lives, and I’ll be asking you to consider what yours might be. Together we will ask God to open eyes and improve our vision.
Bring somebody with you on Sunday. Each week we have lots of first-time guests, and many that I speak with personally are profoundly moved by what they see and experience here. This could be your investment in the transformation of a life.