In the early 1800’s prospects for a blind boy were dim, but Louis was no ordinary boy. His deep hunger for learning motivated him to invent a system of raised-type dots.
Louis Braille was only 12 when he made reading and writing possible for the blind. Shunning fame and fortune, he went on to live a life of service until tuberculosis took him at age 42.
What Braille lacked in physical sight, he possessed in spiritual sight.
Content that he’d served his mission on earth, his dying words were these:
"God was pleased to hold before my eyes the dazzling splendors of eternal hope. After that, doesn't it seem that nothing more could keep me bound to the earth?"*
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." 1Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)
Give us spiritual eyes, Lord Jesus!
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
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