A conversation about disability, restoration, and honor with Jennifer Ji-Hye Ko
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The Work We Have Yet To Do
Mephibosheth shows up in one of the sweetest scriptures in all of 1 and 2 Samuel, and yet the way he is treated over time also reminds us that we have much work to do in the body of Christ concerning our loved ones who are disabled.
This is one of THE most important conversations we have ever had on The Best Kept Secret. Thank you for being here.
This week, we are continuing to reflect on some of the themes in Session Four of Selah: Worship Invites Renewal.
Today, we’re reflecting on 2 Samuel 9:7 ESV:
And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.”
Women You Should Know
A Las Vegas native born and raised in West Las Vegas, Determined to achieve all that she had dreamed about. Though faced with many difficulties and hardships growing up, Victoria has been able to attack and overcome every obstacle that she has been faced with with no tenacity, strength, and perseverance. Her desire is to provide many avenues and resources for those who have experienced similar hardships.
Victoria Weatherspoon currently owns and operates her own business strategy boutique. She helps entrepreneurs and organizations set attainable and effective goals and action plans to propel them to the next level. You can follow Victoria here on Instagram.
Jennifer Ji-Hye Ko (JenniferJiHyeKo.com) is a Disabled speaker, writer, poet, author of A Lamenter’s Pathway to Joy: Devotional Journal, founder of Disabled Christian Voices Ministry, and currently working towards becoming a certified Beyond Suffering (theology of disability) instructor with Joni and Friends Ministry. She has lived with multiple physical, developmental, and psychological disabilities since early childhood including the traumatic confusion of being a late-diagnosed Autistic.
Armed with over a decade of theological and biblical counseling education, as well as mind-body self-study, Jennifer continues to learn by chronically dwelling on the sacred ground of desperate fellowship with Christ in his suffering. Jennifer — supported by her husband, daughter, BFF, and service dog, Natasha Romanoff — strives to uplift and embolden hurting people with the comfort she has received from God.
Today, we are talking to Jennifer about welcoming people in theory and practice.
I asked Jennifer:
- David’s choice to keep his covenant to Jonathan is one of the sweetest stories in 1 and 2 Samuel. I’d love to ask what stands out to you about Mephibosheth’s restoration and what you think we can learn from it today.
- You often speak about how people should develop a theology of suffering. Can you tell us about this?
- I was surprised to learn about the history of discrimination in the church against people with disabilities. Can you share a little about this history and the sin of partiality?
- What kinds of experiences have you bore witness to that show how someone might be welcome in theory but rejected in practice?
- What scriptures inform your work?
- What recommendations do you have for those who are struggling to worship through the challenges they have faced within their churches?
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There is nothing Liv loves to talk about more than the Word of God. She is a Bible teacher, speaker, and writer. Liv is passionate about helping women enjoy intimacy and confidence in Christ. When Liv is not writing, teaching, or podcasting, you can find her hiking a mountain, taking a road trip with her husband, or curled up in the corner with a good book. You can connect with Liv on IG at @candidliv.
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