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Considering disability in Weekend Words


John 9:1-5, Contemporary English Version 

As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who had been blind since birth

Jesus’ disciples asked, “Teacher, why was this man born blind? Was it because he or his parents sinned?”

“No, it wasn’t!” Jesus answered. “But because of his blindness, you will see God work a miracle for him. 

As long as it is day, we must do what the one who sent me wants me to do. When night comes, no one can work. 

While I am in the world, I am the light for the world.”

LIsten to or read Dr. John Piper’s thoughts on how we should respond to those with disabilities.

Don’t Look Away from Disability | Desiring God

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Also featuring Dr. Piper

Fifteen Tactics for Joy – Devotional by John Piper | Solid Joys


Weekend Words in song- “The Prayer”




Andrea Bocelli

The first time I watched a video of Andrea Bocelli singing, I wondered why his eyes were closed. I did not know that he is blind due to a head  injury at 12 years of age.

He showed passion and talent for music from childhood,  performed and competed as a teenager, and sang  to earn money while attending law school.

Fortunately for music lovers, he abandoned his law career for singing both pop and classical music which is appreciated by his multitude of fans.


Celine Dion

Celine Dion’s musical career has been equally successful, but she also weathered medical challenges. After failing to get pregnant  for several years, she used IVF (in vitro fertilization)  to conceive her first son, and again a few years later twin boys.

Her husband, Rene Angelil, died early this year due to cancer.

I appreciate their commitment to their craft and perseverance in sharing it despite difficult circumstances. We benefit from their example as well as their magnificent talent.


The Prayer

 is a popular song written by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa and Tony Renis. The song won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song from the 1998 film Quest for Camelot. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1999 and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2000. (source Wikipedia)



Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we take a break from exploring strictly medical topics to read words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected sources.


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