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I am viable

July 11, 2009

What an intriguing statement: I am viable.

I recently came across the iamviable website and I want you to know about it too. Inspired by a meeting with Joni Eareckson Tada, and years of working with families who had a child with one or another disability through Joni and Friends retreats, Kara Ferris stands behind iamviable, allowing families to share the news that even the most profound disabilities do not rob life of meaning and of  joy. Perhaps even, they lay bare the meaning and joy of  life.

There were two stories that really struck me on my first visit. Joey, a boy of 13, who lived out his years with spina bifida, with his very charming smile greets readers. He is surely the “patron saint” of the place.  The next story, a little more pointed in tone, wonders aloud about the father of a child Down syndrome who responds to an altar call asking for healing for his baby boy, “I wondered what it was that you prayed for.” There is so much more – and the site is still developing its different components.

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