Willing to Learn
Read Leviticus 19:1-15 - Ritual and Moral Holiness
You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.
Leviticus 19:14 (NRSV)
Lori Hatcher is from South Carolina. Until several people who are visually impaired joined our church, Lori had never given Leviticus 19:14 much though. But when these people joined their fellowship, they suggested ways to make their church more accessible. They helped them realize that while they had never intentionally put an object in a blind person's path, some of their usual ways could cause difficulties for their members who are visually impaired.
Thankfully, their friends have patiently coached them as they have learned how to assist them while still respecting their independence. One member named Thom told Lori, "Be my eyes, not my brain." With this in mind, Lori learned to describe choices as they move through the buffet line instead of making decisions for him. Lori now includes a description on her social media posts instead of only a pciture. And she asks others how they would like to help during church events instead of assuming they can't participate.
Every member is significant in the body of Christ. God provides guidance to help us learn from one another as we worship and serve God together.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to learn from one another as we join together to serve and worship you, in Jesus' name. Amen.
Josh is deaf, so Pastor prints out a copy of his sermon so Josh can follow him. If you wish to speak with him, a written note works best.