Why should the Church be the leader in reaching out to the disabled and the suffering? I found the answer in an excerpt of Why O God? Suffering and Disability in the Bible and Church. It was in an article written by Joni Eareckson Tada entitled “Redeeming Suffering”:
God will often permit suffering, just as he is allowing it in my life. After forty years of quadriplegia, with my chronic pain and not shortness of breath, I can say, God will permit that broken heart. God will permit that broken home. God will permit that broken neck. Suffering then is like a sheep dog snapping at my heels, driving me down the road to Calvary, where otherwise I might not naturally be inclined to go.
God is the one who takes suffering like a jackhammer and breaks apart the rocks of resistance. He takes the chisel of pain and the bite of hardship and chips away at one’s pride. And then the sufferers are driven to the cross by the overwhelming conviction that they have nowhere else to go. No one is naturally drawn to the cross. Human instincts do not naturally lead people there.
This may well be the most important reason every church needs a disability ministry in its congregation. People with disabilities, unlike others, are driven to the cross by the overwhelming conviction that they have no other place to go.
Chance to Interact: Alright, CBC, where can we improve in this ministry to the disabled and suffering? Thoughts?