PERSPECTIVE

LIFT HIM UP

I received a special phone call today from John

as I was working at my desk at Christian Record Services for the Blind. I met

John at one of the National Camps for the Blind in late July. Since that time,

he has called me periodically with a quick greeting, a Bible verse, and a

blessing.

During today’s call

he shared Psalm 146:8:

The Lord gives

sight to the blind,

The Lord lifts up

those who are bowed down,

The Lord loves the

righteous.

“Thank you, John!”

I said. “I’ll write it down. Thank you for calling and for sharing this with

me.”

“You’re welcome,”

John said. “You know, I call and share these verses with you because God had

raised up Christian Record for people who are bowed down to help them see

Jesus.”



I was humbled by

John’s comments. After finishing the call, I sat back for a moment, deep in

thought. John reminded me of something very important. Here it is, in the

words of Jesus, as written in Matthew 28:19: “ . . . Go and make

disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the

Son and of the Holy Spirit . . .”



What does that mean for you? When you see a person who lives with a disability, be it blindness or another handicap, do you say “Hello”?"

Larry

The word that leaps

out at me in this verse is “all.” We are called by Jesus to make disciples of

all nations, all peoples. That includes people who live with blindness. What does that mean

for me? I take this commission from Jesus wherever I go, whether it be to the

grocery store, the city park, my local church—wherever in the world Jesus sends

me. It means making and building friendships that grow into

opportunities for discipleship. And sometimes I’m the one who needs to be

discipled! What does that mean

for you? When you see a person who lives with a disability, be it blindness or

another handicap, do you say “Hello”? Truly, many great friendships have

started by greeting the person and treating him or her with respect.



Christian Record

Services for the Blind (CRSB) is the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s official

ministry for people who are blind or visually impaired. CRSB stands by your side, ready to support

your new friend with free services and programs in braille, audio, and large

print. A free Bible from Christian Record would enable your friend to

study the Bible with you. The Student, the braille version of the Adult Sabbath

School Bible Study Guide,
helps your friend study and be

able to participate during Sabbath School discussion time. These items and many

more are available because of faithful stewards to Christian Record’s ministry

to help the blind “see” Jesus.



Thinking back to

John and his encouraging phone calls, I encourage you with this: One day, Jesus will return in the clouds.

“Every eye shall see Him” (Revelation 1:7). Every eye! Even the eyes of those

who have lived with blindness. Imagine that day—the first thing our friends who

are blind will see is the face of Jesus. What a wonderful day that will be.



We are a royal

priesthood, as described in 1 Peter 2:9, and it is because of God’s abundant

and amazing grace that we are called the children of God. Because of our higher

calling, we are to look with kind regard upon those who are blind or visually

impaired. If we are truly serious about going into all

the world, we cannot be among those who marginalize, discriminate, ignore,

abuse, or belittle anyone. We do not know when an action

or a word will influence an individual’s decision for or against Jesus. I want

to be counted among those who were compassionate in thought and in deed, as

well as generous in giving my time, talents and resources to enable God to work

in the lives of all He grants me the opportunity to meet.



People like John

love Jesus, and yet there are many more who either don’t know Him or need to

become reacquainted. This can happen through you. What can you do today to lift up those who are “bowed down”?

Larry

Pitcher
Larry

Pitcher is the president of Christian Record Services for the Blind. He is

passionate about helping people who live with visual impairments see Jesus

through Christian Record’s free services ministry. In his spare time, Larry

enjoys reading, woodworking, camping, traveling, and leading Sabbath School at

his local church. Larry and his wife Leilani make their home in Lincoln,

Nebraska, USA. Christian

Record Services for the Blind, since 1899: www.crsbday.org

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