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Trapped by “Able”

“Human beings need to be rescued from seeing themselves as fundamentally ‘able.’”

“It is the experience of one’s self as ‘able’ in comparison to others that is fundamentally problematic for the Christian. It tends to entrap both those who believe themselves ‘able’ and those they believe are not within patterns of relating that blind them to what the Spirit of Jesus Christ has for the church and the world through each human life.”

–Brian Brock, Wondrously Wounded

The opposite of ability is not disability. The opposite is dependence, and, within that, vulnerability and receptivity.

The more we understand ourselves as dependent and vulnerable, the more we walk away from a hierarchy of human value. The more we can receive from one another. The more we can receive from God.

When we know we are dependent, we are open to love.

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