“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Helen Keller
Helen Keller was deaf and blind from early childhood, yet she became one of the great humanitarians of the 20th Century. When news of her death in 1968 came over the radio, I remember my father said, "There goes a great person." I was fifteen years old at the time and too self-absorbed to care or understand. Only much later, in my own disability, did I begin to understand what my father meant. 

Helen Keller wrote:

"When one door of happiness closes another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door we do not see the one that has opened for us."

Have you or a loved-one acquired a disability or incurable
condition? Do you think your happiness and the world you knew are lost because of this? Yes, it may appear that way; the door to your former life may have closed with you on the wrong side of it. As Helen Heller said -- and I can attest to the truth of her words -- another door opens but it requires that we look for it.

The new door that opens may take you in a different direction involving new realities. The old self is gone but a new self can emerge if you are open to it. That new self may be as vital and vibrant as the old self; but you must be open to exploring possibilities that may involve a change in self-identity and self-image and how you fit into the  world.

Understand that how the world relates to you will likely change. How you relate to the world is up to you. There will be temptation to become bitter but resist it and turn to Christ for understanding. He has allowed this for a reason. 

He may deliver you from your anguish or abide with you through it. What seems like a catastrophe to you may actually be intended to mature your spiritual character and prepare you for the world to come.  Be open to God's leading.

Again, Helen Keller wrote these insightful words:

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience and trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."

Me speaking against euthanasia
& for life with dignity
to a Michigan audience
And again, I can attest to the wisdom of her words. I have been able to serve God more from my wheelchair than I ever did able-bodied. It was when I finally surrendered my will to Him that He could could use me for His purposes rather than mine.

If you are facing disability or chronic illness, do not give up on life. God has a plan for you. Seek it. Pray. Find your purpose in accordance with the Bible. Go through the new door opened to you to find a world of possibilities. God loves you.

(I am available to speak to community groups, churches, or legislators about Life Issues. CONTACT: HumanLifeMatters@shaw.ca )

[Click on image below or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxBhG-EBbIM ]

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