"One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see" (John 9:25)

"Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed" (Jeremiah 17:149).

"One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see" (John 9:25)

"The 'blind' whom the Lord restored to sight
symbolized the spiritually blind,
who are those that do not know and understand truths"
(Apocalypse Explained 239:20).

Physical blindness was a disability that the Lord healed several times while He was on earth. In these miracles the Lord made it possible for people to see their loved ones and the beauty of nature. The stories about healing the blind illustrate the way the Lord can heal our spiritual blindness or ignorance. We all need His help to shine the light of heaven on the darkness of our own limited perspective. Just as the blind trusted in the Lord to restore their sight, we need to have confidence in His power to dispel our darkness and show us the light of truth.

Helen Keller is a remarkable example of someone who was physically blind but received spiritual enlightenment from the truths of the Lord's Word. We have several activities for different ages that explore Helen Keller's discovery of language, the Word and the Writings for the New Church.

We hope that these projects, family activities, and worship suggestions will help you and your family develop a deeper appreciation of the way the Lord heals our blindness. 

Highlights include

  Song: "Heal Me and I Shall Be Healed" by John Odhner (PDF)

Concept Article: "Giving Sight to the Blind" by the Rev. Dan Heinrichs

  For Reflection: Helen Keller Understands W-A-T-E-R (PDF)

Flash Animation: The Man Born Blind

  Coloring Page: The Lord Healing the Blind Man by Marguerite Acton(PDF)

  "My Mental Awakening" by Helen Keller (PDF)

Flash Animation: The Gift of Sight

  Recitation with Hand Motions: Be Strong, Do Not Fear (PDF)

  For Reflection: What Is a Miracle? (PDF)

  Coloring Page: Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan at the Water Pump by Marguerite L. Action (PDF)