These are the Disability Emphasis Week devotionals (volume 1) by special education teacher Barbara Newman.
People with disabilities tend to be highly agile because they must navigate physical and social structures that are created by and for people who do not have disabilities.
We encourage all churches to recognize Disability Awareness Sunday this October to demonstrate that all members of their congregation are valued. Find resources here!
This simplified profession of faith still assumes that an individual is capable of answering these two simple questions. Individuals with severe intellectual abilities cannot comprehend the meaning of even these two simple questions. Does this mean that they are barred from making a public profession?
Recently, Max Lucado published a book which included a devotion with reflections on disability and disease called "We Shall Be Like Him." Although he intends to encourage the reader, the language used and assumptions made in the devotional diminish people with disabilities.
Healthy churches think about and work at hospitality. Like our Lord himself, they give and receive hospitality graciously. In the body of Christ, all of us are hosts and all of us are guests. All of us reflect the Lord himself, who received and gave. All of us have something to give and something to receive from each other.