James 2: 14-17–What good is it my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith, but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm and eat your fill,”and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead (NRSV).
Again, we had to drive to a far corner of the parking lot because there were no spaces near the door. I maneuvered hubby’s walker out of the trunk and set it up for his use. We slowly worked our way toward the building. Ontario law requires parking spaces be set aside for people with special needs. These spaces are at a premium and most days they are unavailable. My hubby, recovering from hip replacement surgery, only needed a handicapped-parking sticker for a few months. Other people aren’t so blessed. Their parking stickers last for a lifetime.
Is the world besieged with the disabled? No, not at all. Able-bodied people like us take up their spaces. We tell ourselves our little errand is so important. We rationalize that we’ll only be in the store for a minute. To a person in a wheel chair, a minute is a lifetime. We have opportunities to be like Jesus every day. Let’s take advantage of them.
Prayer: Lord, forgive us. Give us the gumption to walk an extra few feet so that someone else may be blessed with a little freedom. Amen