Walking in Darkness?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 13, 2014
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Shelly and JoniIn January 2009 while in college, Shelly Jones suffered two brain aneurysms -- she was in a coma for three weeks. After the aneurysms and subsequent surgery, Shelly emerged blind and partially paralyzed. Needless to say, it was almost too much for her to bear. It's why I was so glad she came by our IDC for a visit -- I learned that she participated in ‘Artist for Trauma’, briefly working in ceramics (it's more about the 'feel of the hands' than the eyes). Then she found her real interest in listening to music… she’s taken up playing the piano and enjoys listening to books on tape. This young woman still has a long way to go, but I gave her Isaiah 50:10, "Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God." If your circumstances seem dark and you are groping for help and hope, trust in Jesus and rely on Him. If He can lead Shelly into the light of understanding, He can lead you.


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I lost my sight following an accident in 1978, so I have been walking in the shadows since then. But I have had so much support from my church and my family not forgetting my trusty 4 legged friends my guide dogs. But I must say that my innermost sight has been opened more and more praise the Lord. I have been used far more in the service of God than I could imagine, and I have been led by my Saviour through the shadow valleys and plead with all who have not got that guidance to seek the Lord now while he may be found.
  • March 19, 2014
  • 1:10 p.m.
  • Barry Wood
As a blind person myself, I know what it is like to be frustrated with things at times, but I take this consolation my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ told me a long time ago, "Michael I Love you, and you belong to me." Ever since that day in 2005, the light of God in my life Sean so much brighter I know to the depths of my soul who I truly belong to them that he really does and to love me. My prayer is that God will continually and continue to bless this young lady so very very much for her courage and determination made doors be open for her that she never thought possible. God bless!
  • March 13, 2014
  • 9:08 a.m.
  • Michael G. McKay
Amazing visit with Joni and we were so elated that Shelly came with us. I would recommend everyone visiting Joni and Friends tour….such an inspirational visit. Thank you Joni for your servanthood and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you!
  • March 13, 2014
  • 8:22 a.m.
  • Maureen Potter
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