Have you ever written out a Christmas wishlist?
Maybe when you were younger you even mailed one to Santa at the North Pole. As we age sometimes our wishes change. This year if I could have anything for Christmas, I would wish for the following:
- I wish people with disabilities would have their voices heard.
- I wish that the ADA was just the starting point and not thought of as a finish line.
- I wish that the world was not robbed of the joy from the millions of babies with down syndrome who have been aborted.
- I wish that disability inclusion and accessibility were a part of the justice conversation.
- I wish that people with disabilities that have been abused and neglected would find safety and healing.
- I wish people with disabilities have equal opportunities and not just leftovers.
- I wish that disability was a part of the diversity conversation.
- I wish that the world would stop buying the lies that disability is a burden, undesirable, shameful, and should be disposed of.
- I wish that parents of children with disabilities would all find the rest that they need.
- I wish that children with disabilities would not only be accepted by their peers but would find genuine relationships with them.
- I wish that adults with disabilities would find meaningful employment.
- I wish that places of worship leaders in the conversation about disability and always last.
- I wish that people with disabilities were prioritized by their employers and seen as more than just door greeters.
- I wish that leadership opportunities in communities were not reserved only for those who are “able-bodied and neurotypical”.
- I wish that disability discrimination was viewed as unacceptable as other types of discrimination.
- I wish that single mothers of children with disabilities could all know they are not alone because they are surrounded by family and friends that care.
- I wish that teens with disabilities were not crushed by anxiety.
- I wish fathers of children with disabilities could all beam with joy and be proud of their children.
- I wish that no one affected by disability ever had to spend the holidays alone.
- I wish that all people with disabilities would know that they are valued and loved.
Are my wishes that far-fetched, pie in the sky, or like something that could only come true in a fairy tale? I don’t think so! I am going to make it my resolution to fight to make some of these wishes a reality.
What would you wish for?
It is Ryan’s passion to equip and empower churches, organizations, and individuals to reach their disability communities for Jesus. Ryan comes to Ability Ministry with 15+ years of ministry experience. He previously worked at First Christian Church in Canton, Ohio as their full-time Disability Pastor. He also worked as a Church Consultant for Key Ministry. Micah 6:8 and Proverbs 31:8 best describe Ryan’s commitment to life and ministry.