Do you have a favorite coffee mug? Mine can change depending on my mood.
My wife and I were given mugs from our church that hold a healthy cup of coffee, but more important is the message on it. There's the church logo and then two words "Awaken Me." I've been praying more lately for a variety of reasons. But, I know that my constant prayer has to be asking God to "Awaken Me."
As we close in on another celebration of Easter when he rose from the dead and gave us hope as this world develops more and more stink from sin, I know that there's hope. There's our seen world and an unseen world. The real one, I believe, is the one we don't see. There will be life after we die. It all because of what Jesus did on Easter.
I can sip on coffee all day. And this is the mug I'll use this week if not longer.
Right now, I'm facing the question in the title of this blog post. How should I prepare to lose my vision? Yesterday, I was presented with that set of dynamics during an appointment with my glaucoma surgeon at the LOEYE practice in Lansing, Michigan.
My vision journey has been long and started about 18 years ago when I had cataracts taken out of both eyes. It went great for a few years until an artificial lens in my right eye slipped off its grippers. The road between then and now has been experiential and has made me appreciate the complexity of my eyes and the skills of ophthalmologists more and more.
My current challenge is from cornea in my right eye. It has swollen to the point where my vision in my right eye has been affected greatly. My ability to read a book or a computer screen is marginal, depending on the time of day and lighting conditions.
I'm trying to get ready for it to get even more worse. Audible.com says "listening is the new reading." So, I'm experimenting with listening to books and to newspapers being read.
Family pictures of our kids and grandkids are scattered throughout our house. I'm trying to create a mental archive so I have a mind picture of everybody and everything.
When we drive to the grocery store, I try to pick out the different shades of brown in farmers' fields. The nuances of color are amazing.
While scared about the future, I'm trying to turn it into a journey that might be valuable to others.
Next step is an appointment with my cornea specialist about the next step. I was told that a possibility might include a cornea transplant if my condition continues to worsen.
Meanwhile, I have the camera on my phone. I want to remember lots of images, particularly family.
We love putting together jig saw puzzles around our house. Actually, my wife does, as well as my daughter and my oldest granddaughter. I hear that my three-year-old grandson in St. Louis does too.
As a Valentine's gift, I carefully shopped for puzzles at America's store--Amazon-- and bought my wife a thousand piecer. It took her two weeks of work where she spent an hour here and there. She was challenged and kept at it. It reminded me of how much of a problem-solver she is and how good she is at it.
Going back to Amazon's puzzle shop, I bought here a five hundred piecer that's in a circles. The pieces are small.
How many of you do jigsaw puzzles? Does it keep your mind fresh? How about your kids and grandkids? Do they like doing puzzles?