18th July 2019

Cataracts

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
John 8:12 (ESV)

I am told that my paternal great grandmother was a sweet, kindly lady who worked hard for her family – until she became totally blind through a condition called cataracts. This affliction is a major cause of sight loss. It affects approximately 380,000 people in the UK. Approximately 390,000 cataract surgeries are carried out each year in England and 16,000 in Wales. Sadly, the expertise was not available when Great Grandmother was alive. She lived in a world of darkness until she died.

Spiritually we were all blind at one time, as we read in Ephesians 5:8, “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” Ignorant of our great God, we stumbled and blundered in our world of darkness influenced by Satan. The darkness was removed by God’s wonderful grace through His Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

The surgical procedure for cataracts is very successful. This very delicate operation involves removing the cloudy human lens and replacing it with a new artificial lens. Spiritually we can have our ‘cataracts’ removed by God. The psalmist wrote, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18). Our Saviour, the Light of the World, has removed the blinkers of this world and shown us a more excellent way. Why? 1 Peter 2:9 says, “that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” Jesus wants us to declare His goodness and mercy to the world, “But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes” (1 John 2:11).

By loving our fellow man we maintain a clarity of vision that cannot be surpassed. The future is bright!

Prayer
Wonderful God we thank you for your infinite mercy in removing our blindness, giving us a vision of hope for the future.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson
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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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