Independence is a Gift

As we approach Independence Day in this nation, I ponder the freedoms we all take for granted. We still have the freedom of speech and worship in America. We have the freedom to buy and sell in the marketplace. We have the freedom to pretty much come and go as we please.

In our everyday world we take simple physical movements for granted. In the life of a quadriplegic, freedom of movement is extremely limited. Freedom to turn yourself over in bed at night or freedom to walk with a friend are just a few precious lost liberties. As we think of those unable to fully use their arms and legs, may we seriously consider ways we may reach out to those who have lost their freedom of mobility. Are we willing to be their arms, hands and feet by serving them?

As we celebrate July 4th, may God help us to see both our independence as a gift along with our interdependence as His creation. May we not only cherish this gift of freedom but also freely advocate for those less fortunate.

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About Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering

Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering shares the true story about a sudden family tragedy. As author of the book to be published in the summer of 2014, the true account tells of my sister being rear ended by a drunk driver. She barely survives the high speed crash being left to live as a quadriplegic. Written from a brother's perspective, the manuscript shares the heartfelt story of ongoing physical and emotional pain experienced by both victim and family. Only through God's grace can a family survive such a tragedy!
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