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Daily Devotionals

Day 7 – Issue 16

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Be Still Know

Leviticus 19:14 NLT

‘Do not insult the deaf or cause the blind to stumble. You must fear your God; I am the Lord.’

A 2014 survey by Scope revealed that 67% of us admit to feeling uncomfortable speaking with a disabled person. It is one reason why the disabled are often pushed to the margins. God invites us to set aside our discomfort in obedience to his invitation, something Jesus was happy to do throughout his ministry. One key reason for marginalisation is difficulty in accessing necessary resources.

Fifteen per cent of the world’s population and 19% of Britons are disabled, half with an impairment to mobility. Disabled people are three times more likely to be without qualifications, are four times more likely to be out of work and to be a victim of crime than non-disabled people. With disability increasing with age, only 5% of housing stock is fully accessible.

Our challenge isn’t simply to make life accessible to all, but also to welcome and offer the chance to belong. The Church has the opportunity to demonstrate a diverse, fully integrated, loving and serving community, the kingdom of God.

QUESTION: How do you respond to people with a disability? In God’s eyes there is no distinction between any of his children. Do you invite disabled people to use their gifts and contribute to the life and mission of your church?

NOVENA PRAYER: Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I choose to consider my perception of the disabled. Show me how I might extend hospitality to empower people with disabilities to know that they belong to a community of love that welcomes them as image-bearers of God and invites them to share their gifts and talents in the total life of the Church.

Written by: Matt Weet

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