He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. (John 9:25)

Our daughter was born with a potentially fatal birth defect. She was given a 50% chance of survival. At only four-days-old, a skilled surgeon knit her tiny body back together and saved her life. With the exception of two more surgeries before her third birthday, she has been an amazingly healthy child. She is now fourteen and began high school this fall.

Connecting recently with other families who have gone through this same situation, I was struck anew by the weight of all the possible outcomes of this diagnosis. She was saved when she could have died and our family is still overjoyed many years later.

As I read the story of Jesus healing the man blind from birth (John 9), I saw what Jesus saved the man from: he had been an outcast and a beggar, but now his life is changed. Like my daughter and the blind man, I have also been saved from a birth defect. It may not be a physical defect, but a spiritual one. I often take for granted the salvation that I have been given. And when I do, I run the great risk of losing the joy and gratitude for the gift. God does not want us dwelling on the past because we are new creatures, but we should never make the mistake of forgetting that from which we have been saved.

Father God, thank you again for saving me. Remind me always of that great gift and show me ways I can share that hope and faith with others.


Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.