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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WORD:

“In that coming day,” says the LORD, “I will gather together those who are lame, those who have been exiles, and those whom I have filled with grief. Tears of joy will stream down their faces, and I will lead them home with great care. They will walk beside quiet streams and on smooth paths where they will not stumble… Those who are weak will survive as a remnant; those who were exiles will become a strong nation. Then I, the LORD, will rule from Jerusalem as their king forever.” (Micah 4:5-7, NLT)

THOUGHT:

Further to God going into the remote places to seek and gather those who are marginalized, God Himself will be their God. Tables will be turned on who are “powerful” and “strong. Those perceived as strong in this world will have their control slip away. Those who God gathers from the margins will become a strong nation.

PRAYER:

Help us see what is true strength and power; not built on selfishness, personal gain, or human striving, but built upon compassion, gentleness, and sacrifice. May we act as citizens of this coming Kingdom, where the “exiles,” those perceived as weak and vulnerable, find their places of strength and honour.


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WORD:

“For I will bring them from the north and from the distant corners of the earth. I will not forget the blind and lame, the expectant mothers and women in labor. A great company will return! (Jeremiah 31:8, NLT)

THOUGHT:

God brings people who are marginalized into the centre of His community. Just as with the lost sheep, God Himself goes to the distant lands to find those the world has deemed ‘least of these’. Joining God in His mission means making space at the centre of our communities for those God has sought out.

PRAYER:

Lord, we follow your example as the Great Shepherd who sought us out. May we open a space of welcome in the centre of our communities for those who are deemed weak and vulnerable. May everyone we encounter be met with hospitality, grace, and mercy. May each find the place that they have longed for – a place to belong.


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WORD:

“Then the LORD asked Moses, ‘Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the LORD?’ (Exodus 4:11, NLT)

THOUGHT:

This verse is not primarily about whether God gives people disabilities, but to demonstrate that our abilities or limitations do not prevent us from being powerfully used by Him. When we respond to God’s call, in obedience and faith, He will do great things through us for His kingdom. God works even or perhaps especially through our weakness and vulnerability.

PRAYER:

We pray we would not limit ourselves or others by what the world declares ‘limitations’ or ‘disabilities’. You make the weak, strong; the least, great; and the broken, whole.  Today, grant us the ability to respond to you in obedience and faith.


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Faith communities can model the principle of promoting full citizenship by ensuring that people with exceptional needs are always welcomed into worship services and times of fellowship. Promoting full membership within the faith community might also mean ensuring that religious education is adaptable and communion or other liturgical components are accessible. Read More →

WORD:

“Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. (1 John 3:2, NLT)

THOUGHT:

God has, from eternity, had our future on His mind.  There is a transformation ahead of us where this future will be revealed to others and to ourselves: who we really are. What we see and know in the present is not the full story, but only the beginning.

PRAYER:

Father, may we not seek to mold others into our image. We pray that we would hold this image we have of ourselves up to Light of Christ, so that we may begin our transformation into your likeness here and now.


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