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In the process of reading background material for my dissertation I have accumulated weird information. This weekend, I was reading about the history of disability, focusing on the North American’s view of disability. Over the course of history people with disability have not been viewed in the most positive light, people with intellectual disabilities, were idiots, fools, cursed by God and often shunned. Most of us are aware of this information.

To my surprise, long before the European’s graced the North American continent Native American’s saw people with disability in a different light. Many tribes saw a person with limitations, yet found jobs within the tribe to match those person’s abilities. A person with an intellectual disability may have become the best water hauler the tribe had. Every person within the tribe community was celebrated because of the gifts the gods had given them.

The apostle Paul in the New Testament of the Bible reminds us we are all part of one body, and each part of the body has a distinct purpose. The body of Christ is not whole until all are apart of the body. This includes people with disabilities. Are we looking at how a person with a disability can enhance your faith community?

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“And the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.” Luke 14:21  

For those of us who live disability this is a familiar passage!  We are aware the Master wants us to be at the party and in that; there is comfort that in heaven we will all be included when we arrive in heaven.  This morning as I think through the verse I am struck by three thoughts.  First, it was a natural thing for the slave to invite, the lame, the deaf, the blind; the master had to instruct the slave to invite those who so often are not included.  The master’s heart had to be made known!  Second, the master was angry.  Yes, the master was compassionate toward the slave and did share his heart for those he wants at the table.  I long for the day when it is our first nature to invite all people to the table!  Thirdly, in a culture where we are to “go out” this passage reminds us we are called to bring them in! 

The challenge becomes how do we do we bring them to the table?   What are you doing to bring people with disability to the Table?

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