Trust.

By Matthew Hobson

Trust in God is a common theme heard in church. Trust is the assured reliance on someone or something.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”

(Proverbs 3:5 NIV)

This has been the verse I live by. I do not understand why I was born nonverbal with autism. The odds were so against this happening to me. I often ask myself “Why me?” Why did this happen the way it did? The thing is, I know God has a reason. Continue reading

‘Fixing’ the Disability

By David Morstad

As Christians, themes of healing and wholeness come naturally. We seek to be compassionate and make right that which appears broken, wounded or wrong. It is a noble and blessed calling.  In the lives of people with disabilities, we see undeniable need.

But what is the curative solution we seek? Are we more likely to pray, “God, take away that person’s disability,” or to pray, “God grant me patience to listen, grant me acceptance, grant me a voice to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, grant me forgiveness, grant me the wisdom to learn from those who have so much to teach me?” Continue reading

Veronica- The True Image

By Ben Conner

In the practice of iconography, the writer (the one who paints the icon) transmits the Tradition of the church and proclaims the gospel.

By means of the postures of the people in the icon, the inverse perspective of the scene, and the sanctifying prayers that recognize the sacramental possibilities of the icon, the viewer of the icon is drawn into communion with that which is depicted and is given a glimpse into the Kingdom. Continue reading

Identity and Ability

By Amy Julia Becker
Author, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations and a Little Girl Named Penny

When our daughter Penny was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after birth, I discovered that I had unwittingly believed two lies. One, that our identity arises from our abilities, or, put another way, that who we are is determined by what we can do. And two, that if we fall into the category “disabled,” we don’t have much to offer. Continue reading

What does it look like to be remembered by God?

By Professor John Swinton
Practical Theology and Pastoral Care
University of Aberdeen

In 2009 I was asked to take part in a programme on BBC Radio 4 called Beyond Belief.  The topic of the programme was the theological issues surrounding dementia. The programme was a three way conversation between myself in the studio in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK and two psychiatrists, one a Muslim and the other a Hindu. Before the interview began the host of the show, Ernie Rea, told the three of us that we would be asked one final question at the end of the interview and that it might be useful to begin to think about it before the interview started.

The question was this: “if you ended up having dementia, how would you like to be treated?” Continue reading

Have You Asked Him Yet?

By Sandra Brese Rice
Bethesda Lutheran Communities

“I’ve had a breakthrough! I’m so excited!” proclaimed a friend of mine who just began to pastor a congregation in Pennsylvania. He was referring to John, a young man with Down syndrome who attends church regularly with his parents.  Continue reading

WWJD?

By Ellen Hierl

Several years ago the question, “What would Jesus do?” was common in Christian circles as a challenge to guide our day-to-day interactions. It’s a great question and frankly, one that is very hard to live up to. All too often I find myself being impatient or self-serving, characteristics that are definitely not in keeping with WWJD.

Recently, while traveling in China, I came face-to-face with a situation that made me question what Jesus would do in this situation.  Continue reading