I recently visited a message board. It was a group of people suffering from the same affliction, and it was not a Christian message board.
These people shared how they had endured rejection, suffered from self-consciousness because of their disability, and spoke of how they simply wanted to be seen as a person, rather than someone with “fill in the blank.”
Disabilities and afflictions can rob us of much that well people take for granted. We can feel that our dignity and self-worth has been stolen and that we are set apart from the rest of the healthy world even as we try hard not to be “different.”
You can feel the pain and suffering emanating from those who have been rejected because of their disability. It is one of the worst things possible on this earth–rejection from those you care about.
So many marriages have come apart because one of the partners became disabled. This kind of rejection can have lasting effects that leave the rejected partner feeling like something less than human. To find the strength to pick yourself back up after such rejection can seem impossible.
Some of us have been blessed with loved ones who have not rejected us because of our disabilities. But let’s not forget those who are hurting who have not been so blessed. Let’s encourage them, lift them up, and remind them that they are special simply because they are a child of God, and not because of their abilities or disabilities, but because God loves them.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thanks for loving us, and making us more than human through Your presence in our lives. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. They recently celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary.
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Have you felt rejected by a friend or loved one because of your illness or limitations? Do you carry that sadness with you still, or did you discover a way to find forgiveness for them since they know not what they do?