Disability Privilege

As I grow in my understanding of urban ministry I have had to wrestle with the phrase “white privilege.”  As I’ve thought about that concept, I came to realize that Jerry and I live with “Disability Privilege.” Friends, or those we meet, often comment on how much we are “on the go.”   The unspoken remainderContinue reading “Disability Privilege”

Manufacturers Instructions

We have an electric bed that allows Jerry to change position easier.  Two weeks ago my side of then bed got caught under the headboard and broke.  Some bolts popped and broke and it seemed the motor burned out.  I went several days thinking I didn’t need to fi it, I can sleep flat. AfterContinue reading “Manufacturers Instructions”

Riches in Secret Places (part 2 of 2)

  If you missed part one of this story you can read it here.  It sets the stage for what follows. A little after 6:30 the phone rang, it was Jerry’s cell.  I answered “What’s wrong?”  He said, “I am coming home, I have a wheelchair problem and need your help.” A few minutes later he pulledContinue reading “Riches in Secret Places (part 2 of 2)”

Riches in Secret Places (part 1 of 2)

This was first printed in a book entitled Hope published by Calvary Church Souderton, PA in 2012.  It is edited and reprinted here with permission. Having worked with people with disabilities for most of my career, and now being married 16 years to Jerry (who was born with cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair) one might thinkContinue reading “Riches in Secret Places (part 1 of 2)”

Feel Good Stories Don’t Always Work for Me!

Ok, I may have to stop driving and listening to news, even the “feel good human interest” news stories. In fact, two of those that I’ve heard in the last week had me driving down the road shouting, “NO, NO, NO, NO!” The first was a news story that a clerk in a chain pharmacyContinue reading “Feel Good Stories Don’t Always Work for Me!”

To Roll a Mile In His Seat

I speak fairly regularly on the effect disability has on the entire family.  Having lived and worked with disability in my home for more than 30 years I genuinely felt I had a pretty good understanding of the reality of disability and ambulation. Then I had foot surgery . . . . To be fairContinue reading “To Roll a Mile In His Seat”