Beatitudes and blindness

I’m sure on some level we are familiar with the eight Beatitudes found in the gospel of St. Matthew; they are teachings from Jesus. For all who try to understand blindness, and for those who may be unsure of how to react to any disability, this short entry is for you:

  • Blessed are they who refrain from shouting when they speak to me for I am able to hear your voice.

 

  • Blessed are they who talk to me at a store rather than complement my sighted child for “being Mommy’s good helper.”

 

  • Blessed are they who talk directly to me and not to my sighted friend.

 

  • Blessed are they who say goodbye to me when they leave so I am not left talking to myself.

 

  • Blessed are they who believe my friends are not hired help, for I am able to make and maintain fruitful friendships and relationships.

 

  • Blessed are they who do not think it humorous or a game to have me guess their voice when speaking to me.

 

  • Blessed are they who do not find it appropriate to grab, pull or shove me when trying to orient me to my surroundings.

 

  • Blessed are they who laugh with me when I tell a joke related to blindness, for you show that my disability is nothing but merely a feature of who I am.

 

  • Blessed are they who encourage me to read a Braille menu if available and its prices and allow me to order my own meal.

 

  • Blessed are they who allow me to use my cane for its intended purpose of mobility and orientation rather than using it has an implement to pull me in a specific direction

 

  • Blessed are they who treat me like a human being.

 

  • Blessed are they who rather than assuming I need assistance, provide me with dignity by first politely asking if I need help.

 

I thank you for seeing anyone with or without a disability for who they are rather than the minor limitations they may deal with. See Jesus through everyone you meet.

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