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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Vision (08/03/06)

TITLE: I once was blind, but now I see
By Jerry Ware


For most of my life I was living in darkness. Not perhaps darkness you would understand. From my birth I was blind and I am not sure if my parents were really up for the challenge or the responsibility. I thought for a long time it was something that I did or didn’t do that made them uneasy around me. I wasn’t allowed to do much as a child, but sit and beg at the gates as people went into the city. It was not difficult to not discriminate from one another, mainly because I could only tell people by their voices.

It was not all bad; I got to make some friends that would give to me on a regular basis. Many of the people knew me by my name, but all the others only knew me as the blind guy. I had heard about this man they called Jesus and how He was healing people of some serious diseases. I thought to myself, if it were only true and maybe He could heal me too.

It was a weekday afternoon that I went to sit and beg as all the other days before and that I didn’t know that, that same day my life would change. As I sat at the gate of the city I kept hearing commotion and laughter and even railing and people yelling. I wasn’t sure if it was a fight or what. I was hoping though that I would get a good deal of money for we were short of food that week. As the crowd seemed to be getting louder I could hear several voices that I had not heard before. Within a few minutes the atmosphere seemed to change, you know, not in a bad way just different. I really can’t explain it. Then a voice that I had not heard before said, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?”

I knew instantly that they were talking about me. I wasn’t sure why I became the topic of their conversation, but I was definitely going to let them know that I was blind not deaf. I was not angry, but I was hurt that they took my blindness as a sin in my life or my parents. My parents have been very good to me, perhaps they didn’t know what to do at every situation, but they have always been there.
As I started to say something, a different voice spoke, One with compassion and calmness in His voice. I heard Him speak of God and how He came to work the works of God. Then the sound of one spitting, I heard some moving in the dirt and before I knew it He had smeared mud on my face over my eyes. I was taken by surprise and even more so when He told me to go and wash my face in the water. So I wiped the mud away and was going to go back to give Him a piece of my mind. Then as I opened my eyes, I was looking at about 50 people starring at me. I was wondering why they were starring then it hit me…

I could see…I could see!!!!

I was no longer blind. I was actually seeing people, the buildings, birds, and animals. I was looking at people with eyes that were no longer darkened. I didn’t know what to say, but I ran back to the man that put the mud on my eyes and before I got to Him, I heard His name called, Jesus. I knew the name. I had heard about Him many times. As I approached near unto Him many caught me and said that I was not the man who was blind, but another and I said, “I am he”. I was then taken before the Pharisees and questioned. After I had answered their questions they became angry and cast me out. As I was walking and looking with amazement, the Man called Jesus came and spoke with me. He told me He was the Son of God and asked me if I believed and I said that I believed.

I praise Jesus every morning now when I wake up. I get to see things that most take for granted.

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Helen Paynter08/13/06
Great. I really felt you got me inside his head, sitting there, unable to see what was going on, listening really hard and trying to piece it all together. THe ending fel a bit rushed. There's a lot more to the story after he gets healed - I'd be inclined to finish with the healing. Well done.