God chooses disabled bodies to carry out the key tasks of the Kingdom.
At key points in God’s plan of salvation he uses disabled people as key players. Moses with his stutter asks God to send someone else to do his work (Exod 4:10-17). God responds by sending him and more mysteriously indicating that it was God who brought his stutter upon him (Exod 4:11).
In 2 Cor 12:7-10 the apostle Paul prays three times for the thorn in his flesh to be removed and God does not heal his affliction. (Presumably the problem for Paul was not a lack of faith.) Instead, God says to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul responds by indicating that God’s grace is revealed in his weakness; in his weakness he finds strength.
And of course, our redemption is wrought through the broken body of Jesus. The surprise of the resurrection (apart from the obvious) is that Jesus’s wounds remain a part of his resurrected body. Such an image offers a deep challenge to our culturally contrived dreams about the nature of perfection. If the risen body of Jesus has scars on it, maybe our current ideas about perfection and beauty need to be rethought. Perhaps it is possible to be whole and beautiful and to live with a profound disability?
" I often wonder if the role of the clergy in this age is not to dispense information or guard the prestige of their authority, but rather to go first, to volunteer the truth about their sins, their dreams, their failures, and their fears in order to free others to do the same. "Rachel Held Evans