Sharing With Disable Children (Part One)

Yon Maryono By Yon Maryono, 6th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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When I started to joint and serve the Special Education Foundation for children with profound disabilities and complex needs such as visual impairment (blindness or low vision) with the addition of hearing impairment, autism, and other disabilities, my first question is what happens with the children, God?

Perspective of Disability in the Bible

Disability is the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. A disability may be present from birth, or occur during a person's lifetime (Wikipedia). Based on this definition, I found physical disability in the Old Testament of the bible such as blindness, deafness; dumbness, leprosy, and paralysis were viewed as a symbol of ignorance, sin, and unbelief or disability as punishment for transgressions for sin or as an expression of God's wrath for people's disobedience. And the disabilities were viewed as a metaphor to describe those who dwell in the darkness of prison or captivity (Is. 42:7, 16-19; 43:8; 49:9; Ps 146:7-8).
A metaphor for sin and disbelief continues in the New Testament. When Jesus healed the paralytic man lowered through the roof (Mk. 2:1-12), Jesus said to him: "Son, your sins are forgiven" (Vs 5), and then continued with the physical healing of the man. The implication of this comment is that it was necessary first to get the sin out of the way before the disability could be healed
The metaphoric use of disability in the Bible further reinforces the view linking disability with disobedience to God. However, the relationship between sin with disease questioned by Job ( 2:10 ) and Jesus ( Jn. 9: 1-3 ). This link is well illustrated in John 9:1-3. The disciples anticipated a connection between disability and sin with the question: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Living in real world

It is the humane thing when every parent wants to have a perfectly healthy baby, without any handicap. It is mean the baby is having a "normal" and “perfect". So if the parents are given the grace of a baby with special needs. Surely they may have a thousand questions, feeling screwed, guilty and so on. And it is not wise to be stated that it happened due to parent’s sins that need for generosity to accept the grace cheerfully.
So many cases of disability in the Bible, the important things are how helping each other to care the disability, and another important thing is all of it testifies about the greatness and glorify of God, as a part of the context of biblical preaching. So back to my question above, why does God allow differences, there are babies born healthy and some of them born as a disable children? I just think that God has giving an opportunity for us including their parent to take care of them. The strong to help the weak, the weak support the strong, with both sides gratifying for the grace of God. God with His justice entrusted to each person, according to his ability, to develop his talents in accordance with God's will.
Anyone who receives from God the abundance of earthly blessings, both external and material blessings, should have the intention that it be used to enhance its nature, and at the same time, developing it, as waiter for the serving the God and for serving each others.


Disabilities And Children, Shared Experiences

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I work in social services particularly in disabled children. and writing as a hobby to avoid senile..

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author avatar Retired
7th Mar 2015 (#)

Wonderful article!

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author avatar Yon Maryono
7th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks, CM

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
10th Apr 2015 (#)

An awesme post that gives me goosebumps!

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