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The Way of Mercy

Thanks to the example of Joni Eareckson Tada I knew that God could do great things through people with disabilities, but for the first 20 years of my life I wanted little to do with disability. Despite my need for a power wheelchair, limited fine motor skills and significant visual impairment, I wanted to lead a "normal" life as far away from disability as possible.

By |2019-10-07T15:45:02-04:00December 19, 2019|Reflections, Stories|

Preparing the Way of the Lord

We can look forward to Jesus returning and the glory of the Lord being revealed when the playing field is leveled for the oppressed. Then all people will have equal opportunity to serve God and enjoy the abundant life that He offers. Removing a barrier is not just about helping someone else to enjoy full participation: it is about demonstrating how God loves all people and wants everyone to live life to the fullest.

By |2019-10-07T15:28:04-04:00December 5, 2019|Reflections, Theology, Word, Thought, Prayer|

On the Road to Emmaus (Guest post)

As someone who works in a Christian ministry serving people with disabilities, I’m thankful that this “Emmaus road” is open to us. While sometimes God works in impressive, earth-changing ways, it is a relief to know that he can also work through our small acts of coming alongside people on their journey.

Pain and Promise in the Last Supper (Mike Walker)

Jesus names his present and future vulnerability to pain in this verse and empowers his friends to claim their own limitations, and to use them as the basis for trust. I know how Jesus feels, in terms of having a broken body. I have spastic cerebral palsy: this neurological condition means that my muscles are always tense, or spastic, and that I experience palsy, or continuous tremors in all my limbs.

By |2017-04-12T09:55:46-04:00April 13, 2017|Guest posts, Reflections, Theology|

Advent Devotional: Faithful communities of peace

Does your church work to show your community that people with disabilities are truly welcomed and embraced? If not, what good is your faith? Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead, but faith that is accompanied by action is a beautiful offering of love toward God and other people."

By |2016-12-20T14:27:25-05:00December 12, 2016|Reflections|

Nakedness and care – Shame or support?

I was born with physical disabilities and I became accustomed to having multiple physical examinations and assessments at a very young age. Furthermore, my ongoing need for assistance with personal care has made me consider the vulnerabilities inherent in such experiences as confirmation of support and well-being.

By |2016-12-20T14:31:46-05:00November 29, 2016|Reflections|
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