WORD:

“I will go before you and make the rough places smooth: I will shatter the door of bronze and cut through their iron bars.” (Isaiah 45:2, NASB)

THOUGHT:

“Making a way” has always been God’s mission. Whether this is in smoothing rough paths, or breaking through iron bars, God clears a path so that we might know that it is “I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.” (Isaiah 45:3, NASB)

PRAYER:

Jesus, give us the courage, boldness and gentleness needed to ‘go before’ and join in God’s mission to make level the way. Help us to see the doors that need to be broken down in order to open communities of belonging with all people. 


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WORD:

“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. ‘Make level paths for your feet,’ so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” (Hebrews 12:12, NIV)

THOUGHT:

There are times when we all need our arms and feet strengthened because of life encounters. This verse powerfully points out that making level paths is not a ‘special thing’ we do for people with disabilities, but something that we do together – for everybody. When we do so, we participate in one another’s healing.

PRAYER:

Holy Spirit, may we join with you in Your healing work. Help us to make crooked paths straight, and level high mountains, so that we all may encounter Your healing grace. 


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Last Supper - Peter Paul Rubens (c.1631)

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. Read More →

WORD:

“Then he turned to his host. ‘When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,’ he said, ‘“don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.’ (Luke 14:13-14, NLT)

THOUGHT:

The parable of the banquet is an inside-look into the heart of God and God’s future kingdom. Including persons with disabilities is not to be a “last thought” or a “token nod.” People with disabilities are to be at the forefront of our consideration. God’s Kingdom is upside-down to the kingdom of the world. Those who are fast and strong, move to the back. Those who are weak and move slowly, to the front. The first shall be last, and the last – first.

PRAYER:

Father God, help us to know how and where we are to invite those with disabilities to be present at our ‘tables’.  May we never become complacent that while even if we are in the ‘business’ of providing supports, we can too easily assume or overlook the presence of those with disabilities.


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