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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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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WORD:

“Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. (Isaiah 1:17, NLT)

THOUGHT:

This verse is filled with action: Learn. Seek. Help. Defend. Fight. The progression of these actions is significant.  Too often, to fight is our first response. We must always humbly “learn” and “seek” before we move to help, defend or fight for others with grace and truth.

PRAYER:

Teach us, Lord, to know Your “right.”  May we seek You, and hear from You, how to help, defend and fight for others. You O Lord are our help, defense, and victory. May we join You in your work today. 


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WORD:

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27, NLT)

THOUGHT:

We too quickly forget, when we see another, that they too are image bearers of God. People with disabilities often have their value and worth questioned in society. God does not question it. He calls us to help everyone to uncover this divine truth, that every person is fearfully and wonderfully made.

PRAYER:

Father, in our interactions with others, especially those experiencing disabilities, may they experience the value and worth You have given them. May our actions and words help others to uncover who they really are in You.


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WORD: “’Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.’” (John 9:2-3, NIV) THOUGHT: The call of the disciple of Christ is to recognize the works of God displayed in others. Read More →