by Rev. Angela Taylor Perry, Fort Worth TX
These challenges describe my experience of living every day with More Strength—my version of MS, commonly known as multiple sclerosis. As a woman over 65 who is Black, I find that the joys of living with a disability outweigh the list of sorrows I could name.
My strength comes from above and the beauty of God’s holiness goes before me and lights a path for all to follow. The first year of multiple sclerosis motivated me to live with my cup half full instead of half empty.
In other words, I refused to be defeated. All the joys of living with a chronic disease for 35 years have gifted me with a plethora of lovely friends and fantastic opportunities that I would not have experienced without the gift of MS, more strength.
Jesus Christ is my gift from God the Father. He is my rock, my refuge, my salvation, and my hope. I am redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and the power of his testimony. This is why I tell the truth about my experience—namely, that what God begins, God finishes.
I can say this because he lives!