Love Our Village

The saying “It takes a village . . .” can be true of much of life.  Today as I was driving to Spruce Lake where we will host our first two weeks of Family Retreat for families affected by disability I was so thankful for those in “our village” who make this, and so manyContinue reading “Love Our Village”

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”

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!”

Pastor Appreciation

October is designated Pastor Appreciation Month. I realize the month is nearly over, but time for a true confession that will hopefully help you see life differently. We (those of us in disability ministry) frequently try to urge “the Church” to understand the impact of disability on a family. We talk a lot about theContinue reading “Pastor Appreciation”