"Open the eyes of my heart Lord that I may truly SEE!"
Three pairs of glasses and a magnifying glass are lined up side-by-side on my desk; all have different levels of magnification for the purpose of helping me to see what I need to see.
As I age, and perhaps because I have spent so much time on the computer over these many years, my eyesight is fading.
In comparison, the "eyes of my heart" are wide open, and I am seeing many things that God wants to me see and understand more clearly.
In considering the importance and blessing of seeing with the eyes of my heart, I am mindful today of a beautiful soul named Judson and his Mommy and Daddy, Christina and Drake Levasheff, and his sister, Jessie. Christina and Drake Levasheff's account of the story of their precious son, Judson, can be found at www.storyofjudson.com and Christina's book "Eyes That See" is inspiring and encouraging, full of honesty, faith and hope (available at www.amazon.com).
I met Christina and Drake, when we were all working at Biola University in the 1990's. At first meeting and with subsequent connections, I recall that there was just something special about these two young people - they radiated the light and love of the Lord, and their signature features were their smiles - such beautiful smiles!
Christina and Drake did not know that they caught my eye and my attention at Biola, but they did, and I often wondered if
I would ever see them again after I no longer was at Biola. Little did I know the Lord's plan for us to reconnect with one another; after I learned of the loss of their precious son, Judson; Christina and I connected online, and over the years we have shared something of our journey through grief and she has been a source of encouragement and inspiration along the way.
Judson's story of hope in suffering is remarkable, and it is always an honor for me to recommend the book "Eyes That See - Judson's Story of Hope in Suffering" that Christina wrote. There are many comments on the inside flaps of the book shared by people who have read the book and who have been moved by it, one comment that stands out in my mind, at this time, is written by David E. Snyder of La Mirada, CA . . . "I feel like Judson's story should be required reading for everyone. There's so much there for all of us to learn and ponder about the value of life here on earth, life in heaven, faith, prayer,suffering, love, and so much more. It's heartbreaking but amazing reading."
Today, I am thanking God that He gives His people "eyes that see" and for Judson Drake Levasheff, his mommy and daddy and his sister who continue his legacy of HOPE in Christ!
"Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, I want to see YOU!"
With Faith, Hope and Love,
Angie (a mom like you)