It’s been a tough few days. I know I speak for many of you when I say my heart still hurts after hearing of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday. I cannot begin to imagine the pain the families, friends, first responders, and community are experiencing. It’s unspeakable.
As I watch my Facebook and Twitter feed I am saddened to see that so many are fighting about the political implications of the shootings. I just don’t have the energy for that discussion. What has kept me up at night is wondering what more we can do to be sure that the Church becomes a safe place for families who have children with disabilities, both visible and hidden, including those with aggressive tendencies, like the little boy described by his mother in this insightful, and gut-wrenching blog that’s been circulated.
We were all meant to live in community. We simply can’t do it alone. We ALL need each other. So this Christmas my wish, neigh, my fervent prayer, is that we would all come together and love one another better. That we, the church, would become known as a safe place for people no matter how broken they are by worldly standards. None of it is too much for God. None of it.
I know there are no easy answers, but I am confident that if we lead with love, and seek to understand, God is glorified, the kingdom advances, and the enemy shutters in our wake.
If your church would like to begin a greater dialogue of how you can serve, welcome, and include families affected by disability our team at Key Ministry is eager to engage you in the discussion. It won’t always be easy, but it will always be a ministry that blesses the heart of the Father. We know there is a great level of fear and uncertainty around the issue of disability, particularly those relative to mental health and aggression. Let’s talk about what scares you.
If you’re concerned about serving children who exhibit aggressive behaviors, lets’ talk about it.
If you’re concerned about how to recruit and train volunteers to meet the need, let’s talk about it.
If you’re concerned that you aren’t qualified to care for these families, let’s talk about it.
If you’re afraid it will cost too much, or you can’t “afford” another program, let’s talk about it.
If you’re afraid that “those kids” will hurt your ministry, let’s talk about it.
If you’ve had a negative experience in the past and you’re afraid history will repeat itself, let’s talk about it.
If you don’t think there’s a need in your community, let’s talk about it.
If you’re simply afraid, let’s talk about it.
Seriously, let’s talk….we’re ready to listen, pray, and move forward together to find a “church for every child.”
Here’s to Changing the World…TOGETHER
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