I have been reflecting on 2015 and considering 2016 recently, as no doubt most of us have been. For me, and perhaps for many, it is true to say that 2015 was not exactly as I had expected. There were good and bad aspects that I had not anticipated. For example, I found myself working more than I wanted, yet benefitting from the challenges that work can bring.
In 2015, there were both joys and sorrows. I see that life is always like that – some good, some bad. The important thing is how we respond. I was chatting with a friend at the Livermore church recently and I found myself remembering a person I read about when I worked at the Department of Health and Social Security (as it was then called) at Elephant and Castle. I was in the “elderly and disabled” section.
The person, whose name I can not now remember, had contacted polio and was almost totally paralyzed. She was in what was referred to as an ‘iron lung’. I believe she had use of some muscles in her face only. I can not member her exact situation, but it was bleak. Considering this, one would be tempted to write her off as being unable to participate in any meaningful way in life.
She was in fact, among other things, the editor of a national newsletter and wrote other articles using a POSM (Patient Operated Selector Mechanism) which allowed her to use her very limited muscles to choose and type, letter by letter, her articles. I read about her in the early 1970s, but the effect of her, shall I call it, “daring” has stayed with me. She reached people throughout Britain, and no doubt beyond, while remaining ostensibly totally incapacitated.
I hope that each one of us uses the gifts we have to achieve the most that we can in 2016. I hope we do not look to our deficiencies, but to how we can use what we have to the glory of God.
Praise God! Emrys Lloyd-Roberts
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