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This is the Color for the Colorblind – See Their Joy!

And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” John 9:2-3

Technology is at the root of so many modern miracles: the joy of hearing mom for the first time, the opportunity to hug your dad, and seeing your wife for the first time in over a decade. These are amazing technological achievements and restores to health what once was broken, just as God promises to heal. But with such massive and obvious problems, it’s easy to forget the basic sense of appreciating beauty that comes to us everyday with our sight. Some folks can’t see the glory of a rainbow, or even the difference between red and green.

Enter Valspar. The paint manufacturer partnered with medical startup EnChroma to give color to the colorblind. “I’ve never been able to see this one,” says one woman of the color pink – pink!, just one color – and it prompts her to cry a little bit. So how does it work? EnChroma details a correction for red-green colorblindness that turns Venice from a muted mustard grain (below image, right) to a vibrant rainbow (below image, left).

Images via EnChroma

Images via EnChroma

After looking at a picture drawn by his son, one man cracks a smile and asks “So is that what you guys see everyday?” Yes, it is, and it’s beautiful.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.