Today, I am grateful for the gift of literacy. It’s remarkable to me that there are so many people across the world who are unable to read, because they have not been afforded the opportunity to learn. I can’t even imagine what my life would be like if I couldn’t read; such a harsh reality brings the following questions to my mind:
- What extra steps or accommodations would I need to complete in order to be able to make it through each day?
- To what extent would I be able to understand the world around me?
- What feelings would I have about myself and others? (Frustrated? Frightened? Angry?)
If you are able to read this post – or anything written down, really – you are blessed. Not because I penned this specific post, but because you have the ability to 1) interpret a series of lines, jots, and squiggles; 2) connect them into words and complex ideas; and 3) understand what I am trying to say. For scores of people out there, words are nothing more than a series of disjointed dots, squiggles and lines void of any understanding. I can only imagine the pain and frustration that functional illiteracy must provide for these individuals.
Literacy is a blessing that so many of us take for granted every day! (I know that I do). Thank You, Lord, for introducing people into my life who took the time to teach me how to read. Thank You for stoking inside of me both the ability and the desire to learn new things, if I wish.
Here is my prayer for today: Dear Jesus, thank You for the privilege of literacy. Thank You for giving me the ability to communicate my thoughts and ideas by way of the written word, and to also be understood by others. This is indeed a gift from You! I pray for those who are not able to read, and I pray that You’ll give them the means to be understood in different ways. According to Your will and purpose, would You please give them the opportunity to learn how to read, as well as a sense of excitement (and not shame) about learning a new skill? In Your name I pray, Amen.