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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: See (07/22/10)

TITLE: Fatal Infection
By Lisa Keck


ďWord of God speak. Wonít you pour down like rain washing my eyes to see your majesty ÖĒ

My mind focuses on that phrase, washing my eyes. I know Iím supposed to be worshipping but I canít help thinking about my mother. More specifically: her prosthetic eyes. She had been blind most of her life and all of mine. Before I was born she had to have her real eyes removed and she was fitted for artificial ones. To bar from infection she had to take them out and clean them. She didnít get many infections and if she did, it was really more of a nuisance than anything else.

That is, until 2006 when she was diagnosed with myleodysplastic syndrome. Itís a blood disorder and now what was once bothersome could be fatal. Keeping her eyes clean was imperative! She became extra diligent in her care though and had no problems. In 2007 she suffered from a compressed spinal cord and became partially paralyzed. Keeping her eyes clean became my responsibility. She could not do it and the nurses at the rehabilitation center didnít know how. I didnít either but I went to a local ophthalmologist who explained the procedure and gave me suction cups to aide in the removal. I did my best but she still got one small infection. Thankfully it did not take her life.

Caring for such an independent woman as my mother did not come easily. Neither one of us was used to it. But isnít that what the song is saying? God You speak. God You wash my eyes to see Your Majesty. Itís saying I canít do it on my own. But thatís not all itís saying. We need to have clean eyes to see Godís Majesty. We have to keep them from being infected by the world. We need Godís help so that unintentional glances donít become second looks, so that we donít get pulled into a situation that could poison our soul.

Thereís another worship song that asks God to give us pure hearts. How can they be pure if the images we send to them are full of filth? Iím not just talking the obviousópictures no one should see but the words we read and movies we watch that are full of anger and ugliness. So yes Lord, wash my eyes to see. Wash my eyes so my heart may be a pure place for You to dwell. A pure place for You to come in, sit a spell and tell me what I need to hear. Yes, Lord wash my eyes and come sit a good long spell until that time when Iím Home and Your Majesty is all I see.

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Anita van der Elst07/29/10
What a challenge you had as a daughter, in this eye responsibility. Your thoughtful, well-written devotional now challenges me.
Fern Brown07/29/10
How well you expressed having clean eyes. My mother taught us the song, "Oh, be careful little eyes what you see." How needful that is today. God bless you.
Joyce Morse07/29/10
Well-written article with a profound challenge to the readers.
Robyn Burke07/29/10
beautifully and lovingly written. What an awesome reminder and a great challenge!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/30/10
This is a lovely devotion. You make great connections from your life to the Word of God. I like the idea of using songs, but I wasn't familiar with the ones you mentioned. You might want to note the titles and cite the composers.This is also a loving tribute to your strong mother.
Lizzy Ainsworth07/30/10
The title caught my eye and I love the phrase of the the worship song.
Nancy Sullivan 08/03/10
Your experience with your mother shows how God enables us to do what we think we never could. Personally, this is the most powerful response to the "See" challenge I've read. God bless and congratulations on great writing and application.
Cheryl Harrison08/04/10
Good analogy. I especially liked the line..."We need to have clean eyes to see Godís Majesty." What makes even more meaningful is the picture of who cleans the eyes. You cleaned your mother's eyes because you love her. God cleans our eyes so that we can see... and He does it because He loves us! Thanks for sharing your story.
Lollie Hofer08/05/10
Great message learned from such a difficult experience. Congrats on your special recognition.
Jan Ackerson 04/03/11
Lisa, I'm going to feature this inspiring devotional on the Front Page Showcase for the week of April 11. Look for it on the FaithWriters home page--and congratulations!