Jesus said

“I am the light of the world”


     Ethel is a sweet Christian lady who lives in a Nursing Home in Seattle. She is always at our SonShine Class on Sunday morning. Ethel is a black lady and she is blind. Although she can’t see, she does have a lot of spiritual insight and will vocalize her approval of scriptural truths with hearty “Amen’s!” and “That’s right!”

     Ethel sees well and is on solid ground spiritually, but her lack of physical sight causes her concern as she is moved about in her wheelchair. I have watched and admired my wife Trish as she moves Ethel in and out of our assembly room and up and down the elevator, etc. She always keeps Ethel informed, “We are entering the dining room,” “We are going on the elevator.” “I have to move you, just a bit,” “You are sitting by…” In other words, in a very natural way and conversational manner, Trish keeps Ethel aware of where they are, where they are going, who is there, and what is happening.

     This may seem a very small thing, but it is NOT small to Ethel! Almost every Nursing Home has sightless residents. Let’s be considerate but not condescending.

Herm Haakenson

“Bits of Sonshine”
Dec/Jan 2000