Say “Merry Christmas”

A week ago, a friend sent a link to an entertaining Christmas song. At first, I chuckled and enjoyed it. I honestly didn’t give it much thought.

This morning, I am considering a good story, on Christmas. It’s Christmas and NOT Xmas. The lovely little Christmas song came to mind. I decided to give “Say Merry Christmas” a second look. I didn’t just revisit the link; I looked up the actual YouTube page. What did I find? Continue reading “Say “Merry Christmas””

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Prayer Room

Would you expect a person with a severe hearing loss to lead others in a musical setting? It would be challenging but not impossible. How about a hearing impaired man, with no musical or singing talent, lead others in prayer?  How about doing this while people are singing and playing instruments?  Here is what I’m talking about.

A funny thing happened on Thursday, February 23.  I regularly take part in a House of Prayer started by Shore Vineyard Church.  We call it, S-HOP or Shore House Of Prayer.  What is Shore House of Prayer? It is a physical place where one can come and pray or receive prayer. Unlike a traditional church service, this is a place to go, at any time or day.  Continue reading “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Prayer Room”

What am I missing?

This is not a rhetorical question; rather I am serious.  I am recently contacted by a woman, who wants my article, “Escaping the Bubble” published by the Sounding Board.  My initial thought is “Great!”  There is just one problem.  The Sounding Board would like me to not be so religious.

The Sounding Board is a non profit and volunteer operated magazine for the National Federation f/t Blind.  They do publish some stories with a light touch of spirituality.  I am acquainted with the NFB.  If my friends thought I was adamant about independent living and doing the same things, as others then they’d be in for a surprise with these guys.

The National Federation for the Blind do have the right idea about what the blinds can do.  Our difference is, I prefer the soft approach compared to them.  Don’t worry, they’re not all militants. 🙂  The goal is to reach the larger blind and visually impaired community and empower them to pursue a robust lifestyle that includes  professional careers, sports and everyday inclusion in society.  “Escaping the Bubble” is likely to be a natural hit with them.

One question I have is this.  What of the spiritual component?  What about faith in God, the Father and Jesus?  What is the spiritual inclination for the blind  community?  Would they want to come into a charismatic church?  What of an evangelical church or a Catholic church?

Why am I so interested?  For one thing, I would love for this community read stories like “Escaping the Bubble” and I am not sure of how to get my stuff into their hands.  I share and appreciate my friend’s enthusiasm; however the question remains “What am I missing?”