When I was about 12 years old, my vision started to diminish. I am now 24 and in order to read an ordinary size print book I have to hold it about 8 inches from my face. I don’t play the piano anymore since I can’t see the music notes without leaning in too close to be able to play. Of course there are safety issues, too, like tripping over things and falling down stairs in a new place when the lighting isn’t bright enough. My mother will not allow me to get glasses. I believe in the power of healing but James 5:14 says – “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” Does this mean that only elders and those with the gift of healing can heal? I don’t know anyone with the gift of healing and I’m not allowed to go to church. Could my vision problems just be a cross I must bear through life?