He Couldn't Hear, but He Could See

“But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears, because they hear” (Matthew 13:16).
We stood outside the door of the apartment, and I was puzzled. “What?” I wondered, “would a deaf man be doing with a door bell?”
Curtis Hendricks was well into his eighties, and had been deaf all of his life. And here I stood outside the door of his apartment with a friend who could do sign language (I’m not bilingual, you see), ready to “ring” the doorbell of a man who could not hear.
Mark explained patiently, like you have to when you explain it to those of us who can hear. “He can’t hear, but he can still see!” The door bell was connected to a light bulb in Curtis’ bedroom. When the light flashed on and off, he knew someone was at the door, because he could see!
Curtis loved an old sports jacket that was classic 1970’s, orange patterns on a beige background. The kids at church loved him, sensed the essential goodness in the man, and all of them learned to hold their hand up in the universal “I love you” sign. When they did, Curtis would beam with pleasure, and return the message.
I remember the day the Northridge Earthquake shook southern California. Another friend and I drove to the church building to see if there had been any damage. There was Curtis, waiting for us. He had written a message on the notepad he always carried with him.
“Why my electricity out?”
Somehow he had slept through the quake. But when the lights did not come on that morning, he knew something was wrong. He couldn’t hear, but he could see!
When Curtis died, I had the privilege of conducting his funeral. This is what I said:
“The first thing Curtis Hendricks will hear in his life will be the words of the Lord Jesus Christ: ‘Well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness'” (Matthew 25:21).
Curtis will hear those words because he could see!

Curtis will hear those words because he could see!

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