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Topic: Hear (07/08/10)
TITLE: A SIGN FOR THE DEAF
By Rebecca O'Connor
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My sister, Gina, became so sign savvy that she was asked to sign for the deaf at the local community church services. I found myself getting more out of the message listening to the pastor and watching his words unfold in pictures from her fingers. It was quite beautiful to see especially the hymns of praise. It was as if seeing a graceful ballet in her hands as they formed visual praises in the air.
I had not realized just how many deaf lived around our area, but we had rather a few pews filling up with those coming to see what they could not hear. It was an amazing door that opened up from what started out so tragic for our family.
Then one Sunday one of the ladies signed that the greatest regret she had in being deaf was not having the ability to hear God like a hearing person. When this was related back to me I was astonished. Who would have every thought such a thing? Of course, how would this woman have ever known that the voice of God was heard the same by all of His children. Then I began to ponder about the thought of how many hearing people turn a deaf ear to God.
Deafness can be found in the hearing as well as the impaired. We all have to learn to read the signs by feeling after God as the Scripture says in Acts 17:27 “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us.” We see and hear God, as the blind must feel to see and the deaf to hear within themselves.
Who would have ever guessed that it would be a deaf lady to teach me how to hear?
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