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Blind man sees clearly

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 2:00 AM

Potent lyrics from a man who is blind, but doesn't consider himself to be. "They are not only rhyming words, but there is a message in the song, and when people listen to the song, knowing it's a blind person who did that record, it will have an impact on them," said Anthony Salmon.

Salmon, better known as 'Solomon', is unable to read or write because of his disability, but is quite knowledgeable about the Bible. He says that even though he is blind, he is able to quote scriptures from every book in the Bible.

"I realise I have a gift that I never knew I had until I lost my sight. There are 66 books in the Bible and I'm able to quote scriptures from all the books," he said, lamenting that growing up as a child and living with his grandmother, who was a Christian, he was subjected to devotions every morning. "She used to get up and read scriptures and preach. When I got blind, I remember, I lay down in my room one day reminiscing and, at that time, God brought back all the scriptures that my grandmother used to read and quote from the Bible to my memory. I remember I asked someone to look in the Bible at certain sections for the scriptures, and they confirmed it," he said.

"The word of God in Romans 8:28 says all things work together for good. Before I lost my sight, I could only recall one or two Psalms, but now that I'm blind, I can give you more than 50, from Psalms alone. If I'm going to preach, I'd just ask someone to go in a particular book and search for the scriptures and they would confirm that it's there, and so, I would use those scriptures as a guide to preach," he told Family and Religion.

Salmon got saved in 2010 at the Bethel Temple Apostolic Church in May Pen two months after he lost his sight. "I was at work one day and realised I could hardly see the clock. I could only glance, and, a few days later, I had to be led by somebody." He sought medical treatment in an effort to regain sight, but failed. through it all, however, he maintained his unwavering faith in God.

'MY GIFT'

"My gift is the Bible. God have a plan fi mi life, so me no sorry me blind. The only thing I can't do by myself is walk on my own. I wash, cook, and clean for myself. Mi make dumpling, I can cook rice, and it no soft like porridge either," he boasted. When I cook chicken, I curry or brown stew it. I don't fry it because I can't see to know if it is fried properly. It's not just sometimes I do these things; I do it all the time. The word of God says in Philippians 4:13, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me', and I can truly testify to that.

"Even though I'm blind, I don't consider myself disabled. I keep myself clean, and I don't believe in going out and begging. The word of God says in Psalm 37:25, 'I was young, but now I'm old, I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging bread.' That's the word of God and I believe all of it."

Salmon is now attending Bible school courtesy of the pastor at his church, and has high hopes of completing the two-year course of study and moving on to becoming an ordained minister of the Gospel.

Salmon told Family and Religion that he would like to get married one day. "I'm human, too, and I have feelings and urges just like anyone else and it's only natural. Genesis 2:18 says it is not good for a man to be alone, and Matthew 6:33 says, 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.' So me just a gwaan wait on the Almighty to fulfil these promises to me," said Solomon.

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