Handicapped? Easter! (I think a must read this Easter)

2 04 2010

We live in a society that is severely handicapped.  Recently the issue of being handicapped has really been made vividly more clear to me.  There is the severely physically and mentally handicapped which most of us are accutely aware of and we have compassion on those in that situation.   Karen and I have reconnected with an old high school friend of mine, Mike Ciochetti.  He is engaged and getting married on October 10, 2010 (10/10/10).  His fiance’ is a precious lady named Holly Macaulay.  Holly has a 7 year old son named Shawn that due to childhood vaccinations that went horribly wrong, left him severely handicapped.  They visited with us this Wednesday evening.  Here is a picture of Karen and Shawn.

Karen and Shawn in Downtown Greenville, SC

Now Shawn has no brain activity that is normal.  He is essentially a young child (7 years old) that is totally dependent on his mom, Holly and now Mike (what a blessing) to care for him.  Several observations here…

1) Mike and Holly treat Shawn like any mom or dad would treat their child – NO DIFFERENCE!

2) His disability is a blessing to Holly and Mike in many ways

3) Shawn laughs – I don’t always know at what but I think he laughs because he knows that he is LOVED very much and that one day he’ll be healed for ALL eternity

3) Holly went through many terrible days early on building her courage, strength, stamina and LOVE for Shawn

4) Shawn has a life!!!

5) The day will come when Shawn will see Jesus and Shawn will have a completely healed body and mind!!

6) Shawn is loved by His maker and by his earthly parents

7) We ought to be AS (if not more) dependent on Jesus as Shawn is to Mike and Holly – SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is my point as we approach Easter…

1) Many folks with NO physical, mental or emotional handicap are more severely handicapped than Shawn because they don’t have a relationship with Jesus!

2) People need to realize and respond to their desperate need for Jesus or they will face an eternity that is a whole lot worse than Shawn’s TEMPORARY handicap here in this life!

3) In a court of law, nothing could be done to fix Shawn after the vaccinations went bad.  In a court of law it only takes 2 witnesses to agree for a verdict to be rendered.  There were over 500 eyewitnesses that historically and factually witnessed Jesus after His resurrection.  That fires me up!!!

4) We need to NOT be ashamed of Jesus (Romans 1:16).  I love watching Holly and Mike with Shawn.  Yea, people stare but Mike and Holly stand UNASHAMED of Shawn!  Why?  Because they love him!!!!!

5) Read about the resurrection of Jesus this weekend (Matthew 28 and Mark 16)

6) 1 Corinthians 15:2-10 says,

  • “By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.  After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.  For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”

7) And here is a powerful verse to claim this Easter,  Philippians 3:10…

  • “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,”

Let me close with John 11:25,

  • “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;”





One response

5 04 2010
Dean Morgan

Well said!!

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