Tues. April 20


One of my favorite things about Africa: the expressive eyes of the children. 37 days until I return to the Congo and see them again.

Proverbs 20:12 “Ears that hear and eyes that see—the Lord has made them both.”

Having gratitude is such an important thing.

Gratitude is simply being thankful for all of the blessings of our lives, and that gratitude is directed at their source: God.

God made a miraculous thing when he created the human body. The more I know about how our body works, the more convinced I am that there is a Creator God.

During my years as a biology teacher, I always looked forward to our study of human anatomy. As we studied the five senses, I would poll my students with this question:

If you had to choose between keeping either your sense of sight or hearing, which would you keep?

The musicians, band students and country guitar pickers/singers, as well as those who most loved to talk, often chose to keep their sense of hearing.

However, the vast majority of students would hang onto their sight. These were the hunters, welders, and artistic girls who loved to sew, create, and cook.

It was always a lively discussion as they batted back and forth “the most important sense.”

When I got up this morning, I did the first thing I do every morning: grabbed my glasses from the nightstand by the bed.

My middle-aged vision is not as good as it was, but I’m thankful I’ll be able to see today.

My sense of hearing is still pretty fair, although I find myself asking DeDe more and more what a character just said on TV.   “DeDe, what did John Lock just say to Kate?”

In spite of that, I’ll be able to hear birds singing today and talk on the phone to my grandsons.

I’m thankful for eyes that see and ears that hear.

I’m going to direct my gratitude to God for those blessings.

Why don’t you join me today?



Curt Iles

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