I attacked a giant pile of paperwork over the weekend. Most of it was related to insurance, Social Security, and legal issues. I scanned more than 70 documents and probably filed an equal number – and I like to think I stay organized!
But I did find something fun in all that mess:
I wish I had dated it; it was in the late 1990′s given some other things around it.
My Bible reading must have been in 1 Kings when the thought came to document disease and disability in the Bible. And at the time I missed 2 Kings 5 – one of my favorite chapters on God’s sovereignty over disease!
But it was a start. That crumpled piece of paper eventually turned into a spreadsheet with more than 400 references to disease or disability in more than 300 Bible verses – and I didn’t include 1 Chronicles 26:10. I’ve puzzled many times over many verses!
Don’t believe anyone who tells you God isn’t interested in disability!
I speak now to all who find themselves suffering. I call you to humble yourself under God’s mighty hand. In your suffering, make sure that you think about more than your suffering. Pray that God would draw you near the cross—to see the shocking suffering of the Son of God. God sent his Son into this world of suffering to put an end to all suffering and to save us from eternal suffering. The cross is the supreme sign of God’s care for us.
The bill would not have outlawed abortion, just stopped the practice after 20 weeks. Unlike the Texas bill, it had no exceptions for fetal anomalies.
After seeing that bitterly disappointing news from New Mexico this morning, God kindly had Greg Lucas point to this video of a baby, born 3.5 months prematurely, and how he progressed through his first year.
Babies older than Ward was when he was born will be aborted today. The evil around us is simply breathtaking.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus! And give us the strength today to stand for the little ones – and their mothers and fathers – and against a culture that says it is ok to kill them.
I had the opportunity to speak to some folks last Friday in Rochester about God’s sovereignty in disability. Shawn Pierce, the volunteer coordinator for Joni & Friends put the two sessions together. Hopefully it is the beginning of new things in churches who want to serve families experiencing disability in that area.
Shawn has a pretty remarkable testimony of God’s faithfulness to her through much hardship in her daughter’s disabilities and a troubled marriage. Thankfully, I was able to capture it in audio. It is about 5 minutes: