Posted March 26, 2013

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?


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  1. elynn3

    Oh my goodness, sweetheart! I’m not really even sure where to begin!

    My vision is actually slightly worse than yours, but I’ve been wearing glasses since I was about 8. I believe in the power of God to heal anything and everything, especially through prayer and the use of His servants who are gifted in healing. I DON’T support your mother preventing you from being a part of a church family and associating with other believers, and I don’t understand not wanting you to getting corrective glasses or contacts. You have to be able to see so you can live your life, and this piece of modern technology* allows us to do just that.

    Speaking of living your life, you are 24 years old! Contact a nearby church and have someone come take you to a meeting or service! ANY good church will have someone who can do that, but know that not all churches are good churches. However, if you live in the US, there is no reason you can’t begin to search for a church home. How else will you find a husband? Living under the authority of our parents ends when we become 20 years old, according to God’s Word in Numbers 1:3. Many will say that statement only applies to the men, since God spoke of numbering *the men* “twenty years old and upward”. That may be true, but God obviously considers 20 years old to be a defining year. Preventing a full-grown daughter from meeting other believers is oppressive at best. Christians need each other for encouragement and growth. Your parents may have the best of intentions, but preventing glasses-wearing and church-going are not healthy choices for your life. You need to begin to consider whether you would rather remain chained to your parents and their will for you, or whether you would like Christ to have free reign in your life.

    *Eyeglasses really aren’t all that modern. The first pair were made in Italy in 1286, and were praised by a Dominican friar, Giordano da Pisafriar, in 1306. One of Giordano’s colleagues began making eyeglasses himself shortly after. (This comes from Ilardi, Vincent (2007), Renaissance Vision from Spectacles to Telescopes, Philadelphia, PA: American Philosophical Society. I got it off wikipedia lol) Healing comes in many forms–perhaps glasses are the only healing you will receive in this lifetime. In order to be the most useful help meet you can be, you will need your vision.

    I pray you have courage and fortitude as you seek answers to your questions–they are good and honest questions. You are old enough now to begin making your own choices for your life. God bless you on your journey.

    # April 2, 2013

    • kelseymarie

      I completly agree with Elynn! I’ll be praying that you will find a good Church family to be involved with who will love, teach, and help you.

      # April 13, 2013