Forum 2.2 - The Bible and Disability Ministry
Empowerment and Healing
Not long after Pentecost Peter and John were walking to the temple to pray. They passed by a man who was laid at the gait in the morning to beg for money. When he asked the disciples for money Peter told him silver and gold I have none but what I do have in the name of Jesus Christ: Rise up and walk. Everyone knew this man and that he was crippled from birth. And he was walking around the city praising God. Peter and John had been empowered by calling on the name of Jesus to heal this man. So often we look and want people to be healed so they can be "normal" and not make us feel uncomfortable. So often as a congregation we feel uncomfortable when a wheelchair rolls in. For years we literally had to lift individuals in wheelchairs up a step for them to be able to enter the sanctuary and worship. We also did not have a ramp. We now have a new ramp allowing people to assess our church office and Sunday School area.
Comments on others:
I like the example of Moses who tried to use his speech impairment to get out of doing God's will. As we know with God's help he became a great leader. Paul asked God to remove the thorn from him. Once again God reminded him that his grace was sufficient. God made each of us and gave us all unique gifts. We as Christians need to find our gifts and certainly be willing to help others find theirs regardless of limitations.
Had communion this past Sunday and the people in wheelchairs just zipped right on up there! So that was good to see. I think the people who had the most trouble were those who were depending on canes to help their mobility since they tend to have to climb over things more than those in the wheelchairs.