Feb 08

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Seeing with your heart

Here is another in a series of miracles that have been shared with me by other writers.  This one had me in tears the first time I read it. It was sent in by Janet Perez Eckles:

I fought sadness when my first granddaughter was born. I’d give anything to see her tiny face. As I brushed her smooth cheek, I’d love to just for one second peek at her blue eyes.

But my blindness erased any possibility of those wishes coming true.

Still, I took care of her, sang to her, rocked and ran my fingers across her sweet face.

Here Nana, she said when she was four. She took my hand and brushed my fingers across the applique on her blouse.

Stevie Wonder - Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision.

This amazing image was created by James Dulce and can be found here

I paused for a moment and asked myself: How did she figure out that the only way I can see is by feeling with my fingertips?

But before I got my answers, my thoughts were interrupted by her angelic voice asking, Nana, will you teach me to see with my heart like you do?

Then I remembered the time when she was smaller and I pinned a few jingle bells on her shirt, the only way I could keep track of her. I had told her that Nana cannot see with her eyes, but only with her heart.

As I prepare her favorite smoothies, invent stories, teach her to feel the raindrops on her face and feel the wind lift her hair, she learns to see life differently.

Rather than sadness because of my blindness, I strive to show her a new world of beautiful things that only the heart can see.

Janet Perez Eckles has been inspiring thousands to see the best in life. She in an international speaker and is the author of the bestselling book Simply Salsa: Dancing without fear at God’s fiesta, published by Judson Press in 2011. You can find her online at www.janetperezeckles.com.

Do you have a miracle you’d like to share?  Please go to “Share Your Miracle!” and send it in!

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Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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  1. Catherine

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring post to us..I like reading on it..

  2. Denise Wolf

    I am always so humbled by the stories of those who experience great adversity and embrace it with not just grace but generosity.
    Although comparing one’s maladies can be oddly affirming, when confronted with a person who God knows has the strength to deal with life’s potentially crushing experiences you just have to give thanks.

    1. Leah Carey

      There’s an image going around Facebook right now of a little boy (maybe 5 or 6 years old?) on two artificial legs on a racetrack with the biggest smile of achievement on his face. The words on it are “Your excuse is invalid”. I love that picture – both for the reminder that the challenges I face are mostly of my own making, and for the look of pure joy and bliss on that boy’s face. 🙂

      1. Denise Wolf

        That is so true. I will look for that picture.

        1. Leah Carey

          Hi Denise,
          I just found the picture on another website. Click here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2774983/speechless-sunday-your-excuse-is-invalid

  3. Denise Wolf

    Thank you. Great picture of joy!

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