Today's Lectionary Text
Then the Lord said to him, “Who gives speech to mortals? Who makes them mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
We have a special needs grandchild. Among her issues, she is non-verbal (in other words, she does not talk) and watching her walk can be torturous at times. It is easy to wonder why she was created that way. In John Chapter 9, Jesus tells the disciples that a man was born blind “so God’s works might be revealed in him”.
My granddaughter loves church. She gets very excited when the communion elements are uncovered and can hardly wait to go take communion. She seems to recognize pictures of Jesus, no matter what form they take and will do her sign for Jesus. Money is for the offering plate. What else would you do with it?
One Sunday morning, her Papa handed her the dollar bill for her to put in the offering plate. The pastor was taking too long to pray, in her opinion, so she decided to take her dollar up to the altar and put it in the offering plate. Watching her slowly walk to the front of the church and struggle to navigate the three steps up to the altar so she could make her offering was a holy moment for both the pastor and the congregation. A former pastor once said, “in God’s big scheme of things, she may be one of the lucky ones”.
It is not easy for members of the special needs community and their families to feel included. There are so many moments of seeing other children doing things that they know their child will never be able to do. The church is one place these special children of God should feel loved and welcomed.
Prayer for Reflection
Gracious God, help us to see your face in all of your children, but especially those who are often pushed to the fringes of society. Help us to make them feel loved and welcomed in whatever shape you have formed them.
This Week's Lectionary
Job 42:1-6, 10-17
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