The handless body of Christ

Stephen Woodworth

Stephen Woodworth
April 13, 2015

Jesus doesn’t necessarily see disability as a curse, but as a way that "the works of God might be displayed."

Diana Covell
April 13, 2015

I have an invisible disability and I understand what these two and many others struggle with.

Being a Christian woman, I never questioned God "Why me?" but I decided to become who I could despite my disability and God has been good to me. I have had lots of healing over the years - from others praying for me, from therapists and just God and me in my living room or bedroom.

I am healthier now than I have ever been in my life and I give God the credit.

God is good. All the time. God is good all the time.

S.L. Woodworth
April 13, 2015

Diana- Praise God for your perspective. Thank you for reading and your willingness to share with transparency your struggles and joys. I think you highlight an important piece of the story when you include community in the healing process. We are not made to face our weaknesses alone, and it is often the people God brings into our story that help to remind us of his goodness when our perspective gets darkened with doubt. Keep growing sister, and keep proclaiming his goodness.

April 15, 2015

I have one minor objection, without arguing the larger point regarding the distinction between cause and purpose which is a great thought.

When a woman is born blind, and the justification given (by people) is that God will use her perspective and experience to aid other blind people, it completely glosses over the question of why any one had to be born blind at all.

I'm not sure there's any answer, let alone an easy answer, but this line of thinking feels very shallow to me.

S.L. Woodworth
April 16, 2015

Tali- thank you for taking time to read and respond thoughtfully. You are absolutely correct to suggest that short responses to complicated questions can come off as rather "trite" and oversimplified. For starters, the space allowed in a single blog post is fairly prohibitive. Entire books have been written with your question in view. Essentially "why does God allow evil." Again, without too much space here to answer, I think the better way to approach evil is to consider that God demonstrates his greatest power and glory in the way that he is able to turn it on its head for good, rather than simply not allowing it. Blindness (and cancer, and AIDS, and death in general) are all natural consequences of the Fall. No one was born blind in God's original plan, and no one will be blind in the glory of eternity. But for now, during the in-between-age, God allows us to suffer in ways through which his ultimate glory can be demonstrated to a watching world. And always keep in mind that we serve a God who suffered himself. No other God in the world has done that.

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