“Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.”

Isaiah 35:5-6
As we read the Bible and pay attention to what it teaches about disability, we see that disability comes in a multitude of forms. We read about those who are lame, those who can’t speak, those who are deaf, and those who are blind. We read about those with chronic illness and behavioral challenges. These are reflective of what we know in our world today, too. 

When we consider disability, we may think of the visible forms it takes (as with someone who uses a wheelchair or someone with Down syndrome). There are also less visible disabilities such as sensory processing disorder, traumatic brain injury, or fetal alcohol syndrome. Often with aging will come other kinds of disability like dementia, vision loss, and chronic pain. The “temporarily able bodied” begin to realize that if we live long enough, disability will arrive in our own lives. When we comprehend how wide-ranging it is, our fear of disability lessens and our compassion expands. 

God has compassion on those with disabilities, and that is good news for all of us.


Scripture Focus

Isaiah 35:1-10


“The LORD is gracious and … full of compassion”(Psalm 116:5) to us, our family, friends, neighbors,and coworkers who live with disability.

Bible In A Year

  • Nehemiah 12-13
  • Psalm 37
  • Mark 16