A feast of creativity greets me when I enter the workshop.
Beadwork, papercrafts, knitting, crochet, and sewing are all beautifully exhibited throughout the room.
I am at the Gifts for U Market of the Theodora Centre for the Disabled.
My admiration for the strength and perseverance of the human spirit and soul grows as I walk through the exhibits, keeping in mind that this is the work of young adults with disabilities and special needs.
The phrase: “We all live in an earth suit” comes to mind repeatedly as I enjoy the work of these special people.
I first heard this phrase in the early 1990’s during a sermon by Dr Miles Munro.
“People are a combination of three parts, body, spirit and soul. The body is merely the earth suit in which the spirit and soul live while on earth”, he said.
This marked an “Ahaa” moment in my life, which gave me a new perspective on people and my approach to them.
Many years of working as a Speech Language Therapist with babies and toddlers with special needs and disabilities, taught me if I could reach inside the imperfect body in front of me and connect with the real person, the spirit and soul living in this imperfect earth suit, a very special relationship awaited me.
Today I experienced it again, finding young adults living in the imperfect earth suit they were dealt with pride and self esteem. The fact that they can come to work everyday, live a productive life and show the world the results of their hard work despite their special needs makes this possible.
To you and the staff of Theodora Centre for the Disabled I pray the following blessing:
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
May you receive the crown of life and with it a perfect heavenly suit to live in for eternity.