I spoke with Brenda Fischer yesterday. She coordinates the disability ministry at Bethlehem and carries a huge burden for the ministry and for the families involved.
As we approach the fall season, the need is so great for more volunteers to serve the families experiencing disability. I know many are experiencing this same thing at other churches – not enough volunteers, not enough resources, not enough room.
These are dangerous moments. It is easy to become discontent and grumble. Other people or processes or programs can appear to be the ‘problem.’ Precious brothers and sisters in Christ become a means to an end.
I have to fight that discontentment constantly. But it is not a fight in my own strength nor is it with my family in the church!
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:10-20
So, would you pray today, that hearts would be tuned to God, that God would provide all that is needed, and that people with disabilities would be seen as the indispensable gifts to the body that God has made them to be?