This article came to my attention recently. It’s called ‘Disability makes a church strong’ It’s a really really helpful and sensitive reminder. Those with disabilities and chronic illness can often wonder what we add to a church family and think our part is on the edges. Surely the strong and fit are those who play the main part, right?
Well, God says in His word:
“On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable” 1 Corinthians 12:22.
I know from knee operations years ago that the cruciate ligament is, well, crucial. It might look less glitzy than gorgeous hair or dazzling eyes or toned biceps. But without the ligament, it’s hard to get around. Overlooked but indispensable.
So apparently those churches without the visibly weak – the struck down, the depressed, the disabled – are actually deficient. So, in just being part of a church family, we are already being used. More than we can imagine.