Verses to Cling to When God Doesn’t Heal You
In today’s episode, I am joined by my friend Beth Fox, who shares her experience of living as a disabled woman with a terminal, chronic illness. Beth’s story is one of tragedy and victory, grief and glory that continues to be shared in my community. Together we discuss the difficulties of being born blind and with several undiagnosed conditions.
Beth shared the many distortions that arose in her journey such as: “Disability is a punishment for or outward manifestation of sin in a person’s life” and “If you pray hard enough or have enough faith God will give you physical healing”. She also discussed the assumption that “Everyone who is disabled wants physical healing in this lifetime.”
We explore the ways God’s truth has deconstructed the lies that limited her spiritual vision, and outline the truths of scripture Beth has learned to cling to for grace, joy, and perspective. Beth shares the testimony of how God did not heal her and the importance of leaning into the brokenness we carry as an opportunity to be part of God’s redemptive story.
Additionally, we discuss the importance of accessibility and simple ways the Church can support and serve those with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
3 Key Takeaways from Our Conversation on Disability, Chronic Illness and Faith:
1. Acknowledge and validate the emotions of those with disabilities and terminal illnesses. It's important to listen to their experiences and not dismiss their feelings.
2. Embrace the theology of suffering and understand that even in difficult circumstances, God has a plan and purpose for our lives. Trusting in Him can bring peace and comfort.
3. Practice church inclusion by being mindful and aware of the needs of those with disabilities and terminal illnesses. This can include physical accommodations and creating a welcoming environment.
A Place of Healing by Joni Erkison Tada
Suffer Strong by Katherinie Wolf, Jay Wolf, and Louie Giglio
Find out more about Beth's work: https://www.rehumanizeintl.org
My Body is Not a Prayer Request by Amy Kenny
Disability and the Gospel by Micheal Beates and Joni Erckison Tada.
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