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My Christmas Wishlist

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. […]

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?

Originally posted December 3, 2021

About Ryan Wolfe:

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.
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