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Written by W.M. Mitchell   

Dear Children:—Did you ever think of the great blessing which the Creator has bestowed upon you, in giving you eyes to see and ears to hear? What a dreary world this would be to you if you were deprived, as some few are, of seeing or hearing

Some of you are, no doubt, much delighted at times with the beauties of nature or of art: but what would those beau ties be to you if you could not see? You might hear people talking ever so much about a beautiful flower, a handsome person, a nice bird, or describing the general appearance of things, but such descriptions would have no meaning to you if you had always been deprived of the sense of sight.

Every season of the year has its beauties, and almost every day is unfolding to us something lovely in the workings of nature. Even the cold winter brings that which is beautiful and lovely to the eye. The earth, in cold climates is covered with snow, and the ice sparkles in the sun like diamonds. How beautiful to look upon mountains, hills, houses and trees covered with snow! But there soon comes another season we call spring; and, sure enough, it is “spring.” The snow is melting, and water is running from mountains, hills, trees and houses as though there was a real “spring” of water everywhere. Soon, too, there is another kind of spring the grass, weeds, herbs and flowers spring forth from their wintry prison, looking mild, tender and lovely. But O, dear child, would there be anything beautiful or lovely to you in all these things without sight? Can you not have compassion and pity upon poor blind people? Winter, spring or stammer has no beauties to them. Bad as this may be considered, there is also another thing still worse, if possible, which persons born blind are deprived of to which we will now very briefly call your attention.

People who are born blind, and remain so, are not only deprived of seeing a great many beautiful things, but they are also deprived of the power of thinking on a great many things that those who can see think about. We have a great many thoughts, and some of them very pleasant ones, too, derived from our sense of sight. But a blind person who never did see anything, has never, in all his life, had even one thought that is derived from sight. You may talk to him about colors—such as blue, red, green, dark or pink—but not one thought can be have as to what you mean by these words.

Now, dear children, can you not see that eye-sight is a most wonderful blessing which God has given to his creatures, whether to men, women and children, or to birds and beasts? We cannot well appreciate this great blessing to us till we are about to be deprived of it. If one has ever seen the light, or had good eye-sight and then begin to get blind, as many old people do, then they begin to know what a blessing the Lord has suffered them to have in giving them eyes to behold his handiwork.

But, before closing this article, we will call your attention to another kind of blindness, still worse than any natural blindness of which we have been speaking. To be blinded by sin and by Satan is to be blind in mind and heart. One thus blind (and all people in nature are so), cannot see any of the spiritual beauties of the gospel, nor has he ever had one thought which is derived from spiritual sight. This is “gross darkness,” but men know it not. Dear children, do any of you feel to be blind as to your salvation? Remember; “The Lord openeth the blind eves.”—M.

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