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    by Shelly Weiss

People are People- Period.
Date Posted: April 25, 2007
Yesterday, a friend came to my office to pick up the children’s book I wrote about disabilities. My office consists of rehabilitation counselors and technicians who counsel individuals with disabilities. Most of us are professionals with years of education and training on helping individuals with various challenges. I was disappointed, to say the least, at their ‘star-struck’ reaction to my friend, who happens to be a local news reporter. Men and women alike swarmed around me for information and discussion about her, and when I said she is a friend of mine from Bible study, I got the feeling they did not believe me. I showed them a photo of my Bible study, including my visitor, and a ‘professional’ rehabilitation counselor said, “Wow, Shelly… I am so proud of you!” Now, why was he proud of me? Because I have friends? Because I have a famous friend? Because people actually like me? (When I asked him why he said he is proud of me, he asked why was I being so sensitive.) Seriously, would he be proud of me if I didn’t have a disability? If my friend wasn’t on TV? Isaiah 53:2,3 talks about Jesus as being unattractive: He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, 
 a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Jesus, the Son of God, was rejected because of His appearance. The Gospels describe the compassion Jesus had on people with disabilities, how He welcomed them and loved them. In Luke 14:12-14, He tells the audience to invite the crippled, blind and poor to the banquet as a picture of humility. God does not show favoritism (Romans 2:11); neither should we. Regardless of disability, race, economic status, etc., every single one of us were created by God. Every one of us is in the family of God… you can’t get more prestigious than that!

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Biography Information:
Shelly is a 30 something year old licensed therapist with cerebral palsy who is transitioning onto a whole new path in her life. As someone who was never limited by her disability, through recent declines in her health and abilities, God is humbling her despite her stubborn resistance. She is closer to Jesus than she ever has been as He carries her with His strength, protects her with His armor, and empowers her with His Spirit.She uses her writing and speaking gifts to fulfill her ultimate purpose of bringing glory to God through her life.
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