-Disability Concerns Committee of the UMC
Day 1 of 8
My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see.
Why would God allow people to have disabilities? Could it be to show the world that people can be diverse, that God still loves all people no matter what, and that everyone has divine purpose? No one totally understands God, but we should still trust Him and know that He has reason and purpose for what He does.
Therefore, we need to find joy in all things and be happy that we are fulfilling a purpose, even if we don’t know what it is yet. One day we will know and will rejoice. Everything on earth is temporary, and as Christians, we have a bright and glorious future to look forward to. Unless we’ve experienced something, we won’t understand it well enough to help others who are going through the same thing. Perhaps helping others is one of those purposes we are made to fulfill!
Many people feel like they are disabled in one way or another. It might not be physical or mental, but perhaps it’s an inability to do something or understand something. Perhaps, for example, someone loves music and has always wanted to sing, but never had the ability to. Or loves science, but just can’t understand how certain things function concerning the current knowledge of black holes, etc. no matter how much they study it. They feel as if they don’t have the capability of learning it. Or perhaps they have always wanted to climb a mountain, but their body is just not strong enough. I used to want to be a runner, but ran out of breath too easily. Most of us have something that prevents us from being able to do things we would like to do. I once knew a lady who wanted to play the piano, but had such bad arthritis in her hands, that she was unable to. We all have areas of our hearts, bodies, and minds that just don’t work the way we want them to.
Now I realize that these types of inabilities don’t affect our daily lives like disabilities do, but God has a purpose for each individual and we are perfect for it or He wouldn’t have chosen us for the job. God created each of us perfect in all ways to complete His purposes and help grow His kingdom. Doing things for His kingdom is very important and our purpose as humans. He loves all of us very much and created each of us for a specific reason. We are all very important to Him no matter what our abilities, inabilities, and disabilities are. He sees us all as perfectly formed, beautiful beings. He “knit us together” in our mother’s womb, exactly as we were to be. He is not seeing as we see, but as the Lord only can. In His eyes, there are no disabilities, only children chosen to fulfill a different task. All He asks is that we help one another to do so.
Dear Loving Heavenly Father, and Awesome Creator, we thank you for creating us with various abilities that You can use to fulfill Your purposes. What a blessing to be able to serve You. Thank You for creating us with a purpose that we can use throughout the various stages of our life. We love You and trust that we can always fulfill Your purposes, no matter what. Amen.
Mrs. Roselyn O’Brien