Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Reading Through Hearing Ear and the Seeing Eye (the Lord has made them both)

The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD has made them both. - Prov. 20:12

I love reading biographies.  I am always amazed at what people can accomplish, even in the face of overwhelming disabilities.  Helen Keller, Ludwig Beethoven and Laura Bridgman are all such people. In this unit study we read biographies about these amazing people and learned about the marvelous gift of eyes and ears.  Helen Keller wrote an essay about what it would be like to see for three days and what she would do.  But what impressed me the most about her essay was when she talked about her desire for people to do without eyesight and hearing for three days.  "I have often thought it would be a blessing if each human being were stricken blind and deaf for a few days at some time during his early adult life. Darkness would make him more appreciative of sight, silence would teach him the joys of sound."  Stop and think about how much we see but never really look at and appreciate, how much we hear but never really listen too.  While traveling on this reading voyage I challenge you to take your children on a walk and really look and really listen to what is around you. The eyes and the ears are each incredible instruments designed by God. (Answers in Genesis has a great video for this study here).

The Bible says much about eyes and ears.  It talks about guarding them, it talks about God making them, it talks about spiritual eyes and spiritual ears.  It talks about Jesus opening blind eyes and Moses eyesight not being dim at 120 years old. The Bible has a lot to say about hearing and seeing. (Some scriptures to get you started: Prov. 4:20-23, 20:12; Matt. 13:13-17; Luke 11:33-36).

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