Born blind and
deaf, your servant Helen
lived a remarkable life.
Let me contemplate
for a moment
what it must be like to discover
that you live in total silence
and total darkness...
It is hardly possible to imagine that someone born totally
blind and totally deaf
could learn so much about the world,
and live a life of such extraordinary sensitivity, authorship,
love and intellectual accomplishment.
From within her
dark silence, Helen reached out and influenced the entire
When I seem momentarily
by some small setback in life,
remind me, Lord, of your servant, Helen,
and the enormous challenges she overcame.
and bless her lifelong companion and aide Annie Sullivan,
who found a way
to trace on Helen's hand simple meanings,
and then, eventually, messages of the most complex nature.
was able to bring Miss Keller into a deep and influential
with the world. Both their lives serve
as inspiration to all of us.
of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan - 1930
Please hold them
both, Lord, in Your Heart!
May Helen Keller
now be reveling
in the far-beyond-Technicolor rainbows
and vistas of Your heavenly kingdom,
with her great friend Annie Sullivan,
and all of Helen's family, many friends
and admirerers of her great spirit and signal accomplishments
from around the world.
All this I pray
to You dear God of Fire
and Light, and Sight, and All Wisdom
2011 Donn B. Murphy
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