Un-handicapping Church

Written by Joel on February 24th, 2013

The pulpit at County Line

February 10, 2013. Transfiguration Sunday. No one stood up to read scripture, so I offered an invitation to the whole congregation “Who will offer our scripture today?” It was silent for a moment, and then [our adult female member with MR/ID – I will call her Betsy] shot her hand up. I welcomed her up to the pulpit. She took several moments to gather her belongings and hobble to the front. I offered to read along with her. Betsy can read, but not very well out loud. She mumbled every word as I read for her from the pulpit. She read from Exodus 34 – Moses brought the tablets of the covenant down from the mountain. The story of Moses played out before us right in church! Recall that Moses could not speak well and when God called him; God empowered him with Aaron who could speak. I was her Aaron in that moment; validating her role in the Body of Christ. She also read form 2 Corinthians 4:1 “it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart.” Betsy was, herself, the scripture she proclaimed that day. And beyond that she showed us at County Line Church that God will not wait up for us. When we are unwilling to say yes to his call (even something as simple as reading scripture); God will go on with or without you and find someone who will – even those who make us uncomfortable. And God calls the unexpected among us- all…the…time.


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