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(Posted December 21st 2016 @ 9:15 AM by: Melody Reever)
I grew up in the church with a brother with cerebral palsy. He had a lot of difficulty speaking clearly and he had an annoying personality trait of having to tell every single detail of his story. He was incapable of “cutting to the chase.” (Understand that a sentence may take a full minute or longer to complete.) Many people incorrectly assumed he had an intellectual disability. His greatest issue at church was the lack of communication from fellow church members. He often said he didn't care if God healed him so he could walk, if only He would heal his speech. Even though church members had difficulty communicating with him, they still loved him—a lot!
My mother never stopped praying for her son. I do remember the agony of thinking "here we go again" when he would be prayed for and they would gather around and make him walk around as they held him up, an extremely exhausting task for him. But he never once complained about it. As a result, once he was an adult, he often went up for prayer. He lived and excelled far beyond what he was told he would.
One of my children had a brain tumor, which resulted in multiple disabilities, and another one has type 1 diabetes. I always have my boys prayed for at every opportunity, probably because of my brother’s example.
Janice Manchack and her husband, David, pastor the Landmark Pentecostal Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have five children. Her favorite activity is spending time with her family.