National White Cane Safety Day
by Cheri Cowell
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed October 15 White Cane Safety Day to commemorate the accomplishments of the blind and to remind everyone not to block crosswalks so critical for safety. If you know someone who is blind, you know they often “see” better than those of us with sight. Scripture teaches “And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground” (Isaiah 42:16 ESV).
The famed hymn writer, Fanny Crosby, was one such remarkable woman. Crosby lost her sight to an eye infection and medical ignorance at the age of six weeks. Nevertheless, she wrote between 5,500 and 9,000 hymns, including “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” “Rescue the Perishing,” “Blessed Assurance,” “The Bright Forever,” “Savior, More Than Life to Me,” and “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior.” If you have sight, thank God today. If you don’t, remember Fanny, and don’t let that stop you from fulfilling your calling. Whether you are sighted or not, ask God to turn your darkness into light so you shine brightly for Jesus.