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Sanctity of LIFE

Sanctity of LIFE

This is Sanctity of Life month and having a disability makes it very personal to me. I know what it feels like to be marginalized, less than human, wanting to die because of the body I am given.

What makes life so sacred?

Why should we not take our own or another’s life?

Why should we value an older person whose mind and body are deteriorated?

What constitutes life in the womb?

Why spend thousands of dollars on a disabled person who may never contribute to society?

I don’t have the answers to all these questions, but I know that being made in the image of God makes life valuable and have meaning. God delights to turn our value systems upside down. He loves to use the weak to change the strong. He delights to have the simple minded instruct the intelligent. He uses the small things to change our perspective on what really matters in life. What we do today really does matter tomorrow and for eternity.

Even though I am broken in man’s eyes and cannot speak my thoughts or control my body, I am precious in God’s eyes and complete because He has redeemed me for all eternity. My struggle is in my mind to believe this when the evidence is not there and the enemy of my soul feeds me lies. This is where faith and hope must fight my battle for me. We cannot live this life victoriously without the power of the Holy Spirit who is our comforter, friend, helper and guide.

Every life is a gift. What will you do with yours?

Wishing you unexplainable hope and a joyous life, Jacob

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