(30 days of Acceptance) // Day One Entry:
We welcomed a son in 2010. We named him Grady.
That same day the world named him, a cause.
The transition came after his arrival, as he grew and his needs/abilities were exposed. Well for those who are willing to listen long enough to know that we need something, we are easily summed up to just that… a cause. It’s as honest as I can get here… I cannot do this alone…. the village is needed. Oh for the proud and strong, it takes a lot of work to even write this much. We are worn down after a long week and find our church to be last place we want to make a stink in or express our needs. Well, I’ll say it…I need a safe place to land once in a while…It’s stinkin’ hard out here.. Dr. appointments, therapists, struggles, IEP’s, evals and the day to day stuff that we often don’t talk about because we figure your tired of hearing it…. Oh and Grady and his friends they need to have a place like that too…warm, inviting where they too can learn about Jesus…but most of all inviting. Oh if you saw how hard he works during the week, he needs it even more so than me.
It’s an honest assessment from our journey traveled. 4.5 years in. My heart before you, motivations true and clear. Stirred to share.
//It’s easier to stay home.
//”everyone has a cause they are pushing for” —-
On that gritty and dusty street in John 9:3 … Jesus proclaimed to the disciples in assurance as only HE can that the man’s disability in front of them (in this case blindness) wasn’t because of the sins of the father… “but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him”
Works of God! BEHOLD.
I pray for the same Church who rally’s alongside the pregnant, pleading for Life and to embrace a prenatal diagnosis, prayer over bellies to resist the urge to abort to Rally once more … those babies you rallied for, the ones your bumper stickers fight for… Many of them make it through that battle… they arrive and some of them have needs. Are you still there Church? The rally can’t stop there….
Behold!… the works of God are displayed in them. Rally for them still. Give them a soft place to land at the end of the week like you do for the typical kids. Include them. Embrace them. Make a way, like you did for the crisis pregnancy.
A cultural shift inside the church starts with you…from the parking attendant to the top of the Chain… it’s a beautiful song… one of acceptance, education and rallying for those. with different needs, if people with disabilities are not at your church now (look around) they are often at home. because it’s just easier that way.
The world got it wrong. He’s a boy, not a cause. He has needs worthy of acknowledgment, that just shouldn’t have to be fought for. It was a given for Jesus, so Rise up Church and BEHOLD
Rally once again.