Advent 2021

Witness: Sunday, December 5, 2021

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Witness: Denise Herzberg

Scripture: Isaiah 41:10James 5:7-11

Weekly Theme: Peace  

If you had ever met my brother Edd, you would have noticed two things right away. One, he was small in stature, and two, he was blind. 

What you wouldn’t have seen was his vitality and curiosity for the world around him.

He possessed great courage in a world that could be harsh.  He also found humor in his daily life, never allowing his “disability” to define him or create self-pity.

This was apparent on one weekend when he and his wife Martha went shopping for a new washing machine. Martha, also blind, was questioning the salesperson and getting info on the machine’s features.  Edd got bored, so he wandered over to the tool section of the store. 

He stopped and felt around until his fingers would come upon some power tool or other interesting object. Whatever it was, he would pick up and let his fingers “see” what the object was.  Then satisfied it was indeed a drill, a power screwdriver, or whatever, he would return the item to its spot. 

As he made his way down the row of interesting implements, he came to the end of the display. Instead of doing an about-face, he walked a few steps more to find the next row to explore. 

However, in this particular store, there wasn’t another row of shelving; there was a door. 

So Edd, being inquisitive and courageous, opened the door, walked a few paces, and discovered another door. This time instead of opening the door, he turned to walk back.  But strangely, once again, he came upon another door.  Edd did this for a few minutes, trying to figure out how to get back to the hardware section.  Round and round he went, door upon door.   It wasn’t until his 5th or 6th door that he realized what was going on. 

Edd was lost in a storm door display! 

When he told me that story, I said, “I can just see the headlines now. Blind man lost in storm door display. Search underway”.  We both laughed until I had tears in my eyes.

I didn’t feel embarrassed for Edd or even worried for him.   I could picture Edd that adventurous day, having a calmness about him and the faith that he would get home. 

There are days when I get stuck like that. I wander around, trying to find my way, only to come upon door after door after door.  This is when I stop and pray. I rely on the courage and promise that God gave me to open doors.

Daily Prayer:  Lord, give me the courage to face whatever obstacles are preventing me from growing in your grace.  Help me see what others can’t or won’t. I know you are the Way Maker, the Good Shepherd, the one that clears the way.  Amen.

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

  1. Was there a time when you found yourself stuck, even though everyone else could see the solution?
  2. Has God ever put what seems like endless obstacles in your life?  What did you do about it?
  3. Has there been a time when you were thankful that doors had been placed in your path? If so, why?

2 thoughts on “Witness: Sunday, December 5, 2021”

  1. My Uncle Edd was a treasure! I miss him so. He was an inspiration in so many ways. I let him drive my car once! Thank you for sharing this amazing story.

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