When I read the story of the disciples shooing off the parents who were trying to bring their children to Jesus, I’m struck with a quandary. Why would they think Jesus wouldn’t want to bless the children? Were they not paying attention when He talked about humility? Were they afraid that He would be embarrassed to associate with grubby little kids?
There are so many words I could say to describe my book, but the two you need to know first are these: bring them.
Whether you have to prepare, shield, wheel, guide, or carry your family member with a disability to the church, bring them. If you are a church member, go get these families with disabilities who are missing from your church services. Seek them out and make the way for them to come. If you have experienced the love of God in the Church so far without everybody present, you can’t even imagine the abundance of joy that awaits us when we’re all together.
It might not be easy. It might look weird. Well-meaning disciples might shoo you off at first. But bring them. Our Lord loves you and your family. The Church loves and needs you, and you need the Church.
Look for my book, Of Such is the Kingdom: A Practical Theology of Disability, in the Ancient Faith Christmas catalog. Of Such is the Kingdom releases October 2019 with Ancient Faith Publishing. Follow my main site, Summer Kinard, for news, including a cover reveal, free printable resources, and giveaways as the book launch day approaches.