Accessible Church, Invisible Illness, Spoonies, Theological Reflection, Uncategorized

To Give All You Have: Virtue for Spoonies

they give all they have_ virtue for spoonies

When you think of virtue and disability, you probably think of videos of able-bodied people acting kindly towards people with disabilities. We don’t usually tell the stories of persons with disabilities practicing virtues. But they do.

There’s a community of people living with disabilities called Spoonies, so called because they relate to the idea that people with disabilities have fewer negotiable resources in a given day. [Read the Spoon Theory here.] I’d like you to think about Spoonies as Jesus might see them.

There’s a story in the Gospels of Jesus watching the people give offerings at the Temple. Some rich people were coming forward with ostentatious riches to offer. But Jesus noticed a widow woman who put only two mites into the offering. What did he say about her? Her offering was greater than all of the others, because she out of her poverty gave all she had. It’s the same with Spoonie Christians.

This is not to say that able-bodied Christians lack gifts to give. Of course they have plenty to give! But we need to make sure not to ignore the offering of everything that many Spoonies make in order to simply show up at church.

Don’t get me wrong. People with disabilities are often profoundly talented, and all are gifted with graces from God. But when you look at the offerings they make in terms of Spoons, they give all they have.

This is good for abled Christians to consider. When your church members with autistic children show up to church, they are giving all they have. When your church member with debilitating arthritis shows up to church, she’s giving all she has. That man with a vision impairment is giving all he has. That child with gene deletions who cries through the service is giving all he has. These are offerings acceptable to the Lord.

Don’t turn them away.

2 thoughts on “To Give All You Have: Virtue for Spoonies”

  1. Hi Summer. I appreciate this perspective you’ve shared so much. From a mental health perspective I can relate to this, from times when I’ve struggled through exhausting pregnancies I relate to this, and even with a couple of my kids who have some issues that can make church hard at times, I get this. Lastly, being that I have a large family, I relate to this. Some days it takes all we have to get to church. And some days we’ve encountered some unbelievably rude and judgmental people who were visitors and didn’t even know us, but felt the need to express their dislike of us. I understand what you are saying about the “window’s mite”, often that’s all that I have and am so grateful God accepts it even if others don’t think it’s good enough! Thank you for writing this!

    ~Jessica Archuleta

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    1. Thank you for giving what you have. I love reading the way the fathers talk about God’s view of our offerings. We give the little we have, and God repays us according the incomprehensible abundance He has. I pray that God will bless you with inumerable blessings and love and peace according to the abundance of his great love for mankind.

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