Who Ministers Healing?


Nov 27, 2019 by Maurice

One day a certain lawyer stood up to tempt Jesus by asking some questions which include, who is my neighbor? Jesus answered in a story format about a man who fell among thieves on Damascus Road. The story went on to highlight the characters of those who saw the man on the road. There was on a Samaritan who would be termed a stranger and ungodly was the person that stopped to help the man who was hurt and in need. The Priest who preached the word didn’t put the word in practice. The Levite who was of the chosen sect to carry out several religious duties did not stop to help the man. (Luke 10)

Everyone of us in life encounter our Damascus road like suffering and need a helping hand. The wounds might be physical as well as emotional, It could be wounds of neglect as well as total rejection. We all at times need a nurse someone with a caring heart to pour in the oil and the wine. That special person sent from God to minister healing. We can never tell who God will use as the Samaritan to nurse our wounds. In Ezekiel 18: 4 God said that “All souls are mine” and God is interested in healing of the soul. Every soul can be renewed by genuine limitless love, where trust is and individuals are free to express their pain.

Jesus’ answer about the neighbor was dealing with the heart of mankind. A neighbor is a person who can be far or near. One who cares about your well being. A neighbor is a nurse who is there with the patient when the doctor is gone. Such nurse do the night shift, a sacrifice of limited sleep, they see the pain an individual goes through more than anyone else. The Samaritan was classified as good because he had become Christ hands extended. He looked beyond self gain and status quo and became a blessing.

if you are hurting may God send a good Samaritan to help you. If someone needs help please be a good Samaritan. Pour in the oil, minister healing, lift up the falling, strengthen the weak, give love and let the light of the gospel shine through you for the glory of God in Jesus name.

Who Minister Healing?

Testimony: “God healed my eyes”


April 9, 2019 Nehemiah Zion


“I was an idol worshipper. Extremely religious, devoted to my gods. One day, I fell sick, a disease which the doctors failed to diagnose. I went to many temples and prayer ashrams, but did not receive my healing. Finally, a friend took me to a Spirit-filled church. I found these people strange. All speaking in tongues together, making no sense at all. In between I would notice the crowd becoming silent as a prophecy would break out from some corner. In all the chaos, there was order too. I understood it later.

I continued to go to this church and began to find myself being healed. Eventually, I was completely healed. I received Jesus as Lord and Saviour. The word of God was strong and I had never known God this way. God helped me be a devoted believer.

One day, while I was listening to the pastor in the middle of worship, talking about the light of God, and was making notes, my spectacles dropped and broke. I could not see at all. Dismayed, I started to ask God to heal my sight during the worship. Soon as I finished praying and opened my eyes, I could see clearly.

God has been my healer and comforter thus far.”

“And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.” Exodus‬ ‭15:26‬ ‭

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5 Prayers for Healing from Emotional Abuse, FAQS About Emotional Abuse

Candice Lucey
Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer

5 Prayers for Healing from Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is subtle and invisible. A person might suffer the effects of abuse and no one will know. This “nonphysical behavior or attitude” is seen in relationships between friends, siblings, parents and children, spouses, and co-workers.

An article by Mary Yerkes on Focus on the Family explains, emotional abuse “controls, intimidates, subjugates, demeans, punishes, or isolates another person” without leaving bruises, but causes “degradation, humiliation, or fear.” Examples include “yelling, screaming, and name-calling” but also “refusing to be pleased with anything, isolating an individual from family and friends, and invalidating another’s thoughts and feelings.”

Here are 5 prayers for people suffering under the weight of emotional abuse:

1. Recognize abuse.

Lord, help me to recognize the difference between loving submission and slavery. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Love is many things: patient, kind, humble, selfless, and protective. It does not “insist on its own way,” is “not easily angered.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

As one who loves, you might be “bearing all things,” but love also “rejoices in truth.” When someone lies, saying you are worthless or incapable, it’s okay to put a stop to that. Take stock of how you feel. Is your motivation for staying with a person love or fear; respect or helplessness?

2. Flee abuse.

Father, I am afraid to leave, but I know this situation is not God-honoring. Give me the courage to leave an unsafe relationship. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Many victims of physical abuse say the trouble started from an emotional angle. They point to the subtle ways a partner would undermine confidence and instill fear. Don’t wait around for physical harm or believe that abuse isn’t real without bruises. God does not want you to submit to either emotional or physical attack as though this is an act of obedience to Him.

Galatians 5:1 says “it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” God will empower you.

3. Remember your true identity.

Dear God, when this abusive person wants to convince me I am worthless, help me to stand strong God. When society says I am a bad wife or child or friend for abandoning the relationship, help me to remember I am not being selfish. Remind me of who I am in Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Perpetrators of emotional abuse and sometimes people in the church will tell you lies. If a victim leaves a relationship, she is a bad spouse/child/sibling/friend. Judgement will sound like this: “whatever happened to ‘love does not keep a record of wrong’ and ‘love bears all things?’” You’ll hear “I thought a Christian was supposed to honor her spouse?” or “Is this how a friend acts; leaving when times are tough?”

Sometimes, the judgment you feel will come from within, or Satan will whisper lies in your ear. “If you really loved Jesus, you would stay no matter what.” “If you were stronger, this person wouldn’t abuse you.” “You left because you are self-serving.”

Scripture says “if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God,” (1 Peter 2:20) but in this case that means recognizing false judgement and rejecting it in the strength of Jesus.

Remember what is true and stop second-guessing what God has said: “You are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31)

Maybe the abuser will change, and it’s important to pray for that miracle. Meanwhile, “to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)

That is your identity: Child of God.

4. Receive healing.

Jesus, I’m hurting. How do I heal from this grief? How do I trust other people, trust myself to tell a good relationship from a bad one in the future? Help me overcome the weight of anxiety and depression that is crushing me right now, both for myself and also so that You can continue to use me for Kingdom work. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.” (1 Corinthians 14:33)

Do you believe that today? Paul wrote this so that Christ’s followers would embrace the promise, regardless of their circumstances. Confusion can include mental pain which is the result of emotional abuse.

Isaiah 41:10 says “do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Is that a reality for you right now?

Maybe you have prayed this lovingly for someone else’s sake in the past. Why would you pray Isaiah 41:10 over a loved one and not accept the promise for yourself? Why ask God to forgive the perpetrator of abuse and not embrace Him as your Father and fierce defender?

As authentic believers, we need to practice what we preach – practice being the key word. Learning to embrace this verse and your worth in Christ after emotional oppression might seem impossible, so thank Him even now for what He is going to do, then live out the promises of Jesus as though they are already real to you. They’re real to Him.

We are not disqualified from Kingdom work by our pain; suffering opens our eyes to needs around us. Meanwhile, if we suffer honestly but hopefully, unbelievers get a glimpse of Jesus, especially as our strength and faith grows visibly stronger in spite of heartbreak. This is an opportunity for our pain to paint a portrait of the Gospel.

Let Jesus heal your heart. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelations 21:4) He made these promises because He expected you to experience heartbreak and struggle. The healing process takes time, but Jesus always keeps His word, and His word IS love.

5. Forgive the abuser.

Lord, I’m full of anger towards this person. I don’t want to forgive for what has happened. How do I let go of these feelings? Father, show me how to forgive. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Society at large says it is understandable to never forgive certain people for committing particular wrongs, or they say one must forgive to ‘feel better.’ Forgiveness is for your sake, and even abuse survivors are commanded to forgive to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus makes His stance on the matter clear: “if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15)

That is nothing like what the world says. The Christian worldview declares that all people are sinners. Paul writes that God “has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14)

The secular view that we feel better when we forgive is also true, but not for the reason society offers. Anger potentially builds into hatred, and that’s dangerous for “whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” (1 John 4:20)

Harboring anger, resentment, guilt, and shame as a result of abuse does not punish the abuser but separates the abused person off from the source of ultimate peace, relief, healing, and joy. Satan would love for the turmoil of emotional abuse to cut you off from the emotional rewards of relationship with God.

God comes close when we forgive, and that’s exactly where we need Him.

Oh Lord, please do not allow the sinful actions of another person to lead me into sin of my own; sin towards You. Let your loving kindness and forgiveness of my sins be an example to me so that I can also love and forgive. Help me to walk in freedom today and to feel Your presence strengthening me. Amen.

Candice Lucey is a writer and counsellor living in beautiful BC, Canada with her family. She also writes blog called Wordwell.ca, exploring scripture one word at a time.


FAQS About Emotional Abuse


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Is emotional abuse slowly eroding you or someone you know? Learn about its destructive nature and how to find hope and healing.

What are the characteristics of emotional abuse?

Emotional abuse is any nonphysical behavior or attitude that controls, intimidates, subjugates, demeans, punishes or isolates another person by using degradation, humiliation or fear. Beverly Engel, The Emotionally Abusive Relationship‚ How to Stop Being Abused and How to Stop Abusing, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2002, pp. 10-11. Yelling, screaming, and name-calling are all forms of emotional abuse, as are more subtle tactics such as refusing to be pleased with anything, isolating an individual from family and friends and invalidating another’s thoughts and feelings. Examples of emotionally abusive behaviors include:

  • Humiliating and degrading

  • Discounting, distorting and negating

  • Accusing and blaming

  • Isolating

  • Withholding affection and emotional support

  • Withholding financial resources

  • Dismissive, disapproving, or contemptuous looks, comments or behavior

  • Threatening harm to an individual’s pets, possessions or person

The effects of emotional abuse are often debilitating. They include depression, confusion, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, overwhelming feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and poor physical health.

What is the difference between emotional abuse and occasional outbursts of anger?

“It’s important to distinguish between emotional abuse and an occasional outburst of anger,” cautions Dr. Margaret J. Rinck, author, speaker, and Christian counselor who specializes in treating abuse victims and abusers. “Everyone has a bad day once in a while and responds with a harsh or negative word.” Emotional abuse is an ongoing pattern of behavior designed to control, manipulate and subjugate another that usually occurs behind closed doors. Speaking in anger is different than Ruth’s experience: When I set the table for dinner, my husband would come into the kitchen, walk around the table, and adjust the placement of the silverware, plates, and glasses, saying ‘Someday you will get it right. Or maybe not’.

Why does one person abuse his spouse, friend or relative?

While the reasons for emotional abuse are complex, most experts believe it is rooted in unresolved childhood trauma. “They are in as much pain as their victims, only they don’t realize it,” explains Dr. Rinck. It takes a great deal of effort and professional guidance for an abuser to overcome his destructive patterns of behavior.

What does the Bible say?

Nowhere in scripture does God sanction any kind of abuse. In 1 Corinthians 13, God tells us what love is and what it is not. “It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs‚ It always protects‚” (vs. 4-7 NIV). Christian counselors also cite Proverbs 19:19 (“A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.”) and Malachi 2:16 (“I hate divorce,” says the LORD God of Israel, “and I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment,” says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.). In regards to abuse within a marriage, some misinterpret Ephesians 5:22 to justify abusive behavior. Let’s be clear. Scripture reveals that the marriage relationship is to reflect Christ’s relationship with his church‚Äîone of sacrificial love. A wife is called to respond to her husband’s biblical headship, not to his destructive and sinful behavior, just as the wife’s mandate is to respect her husband. God never condones abuse.

Can survivors of emotional abuse find help and hope?

If you or someone you love is a victim of emotional abuse, there is hope. You can stop the cycle of abuse today by reaching out for help and by “envisioning the person you were created to be,” Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D. says in Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D. with Ann McMurray, Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse, Michigan: Fleming H. Revell, a division of Baker Book House Co., 2003, p. 17.. “You were created to have emotional freedom, inner peace, and strong self-esteem. Emotional abuse has undermined God’s plan for your life, your joy, and your peace. But what others have sabotaged, God can rebuild.”

Copyright © 2007 Mary J. Yerkes. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

FAQs About Emotional Abuse

Services and Emotional Abuse Test

Watch Your Heart, not Your Words

May 17, 2019


Matthew quotes some rather sobering words of Jesus in his gospel. Matthew 15:18 states, “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.”

Those words hit hard for me because my mouth is often my biggest enemy. I think it safe to say that most of the time I’m in trouble it’s not because of my actions, it’s because of my mouth. Jesus’ brother, James offers no help. He points out the dichotomy of both fresh water and bitter water coming from the same well.

Cleaning up our language is treating symptoms, not causes. The root of a foul mouth is a dirty heart. There. I said it. I don’t like it, but from my knowledge of scripture I believe it to be true.

We use God’s name in vain because we fail to see him as he is. We ridicule others because we fail to see them as creations of God. Yep. Even the guy who cut you off. Even the sports official who is totally oblivious to the rules of the game. Even the server at the restaurant that is more interested in their phone than your empty drink glass. We make off-color jokes because our brand of holiness is governed by culture, not the plum line of a Holy God.

The worst part about words unwisely spoken is that you can’t reverse the results. You can be forgiven, but poorly chosen words are like a cancer to the soul. They can lie dormant for years but are always lurking in the memory banks of time.

Holy God, forgive us for the wounds unwise words have caused. Cleanse our hearts so that the words we speak build up where lives have been torn down. Heal the wounds we bear at the tongues of others. Amen


My Son Needed the Love of the Church. I Wasn’t Sure It Was Possible

Including the cognitively disabled in ministry is a chance to live in a cross-shaped way.


My Son Needed the Love of the Church. I Wasn’t Sure It Was Possible.

“NO! I NOT QUIET!” The meltdown began—of course—just as the prayer was starting. My husband grabbed our son Mischa’s hand and left the sanctuary, as quickly and quietly as possible. It wasn’t quiet. I have no idea what the worship leader was praying, but my own desperate cry had become almost rote: “Lord, I can’t do this. Help. I’m so tired. I don’t remember not being tired. I can’t do this.” The lights came up and people began greeting one another. I took a breath, preparing to apologize. Again. We wouldn’t be able to come back to this church.

Church. It’s where we should be most loved. It’s where my son should feel most loved, accepted, and wanted. But it isn’t. And the very idea that I could bring my special needs son into an actual worship service was a joke, even if it was just for the music and prayer. I don’t even know why we tried. “God, you’re moving us here, but there aren’t any churches with special needs programs. How are we going to make this work?” This time, though, God’s answer wasn’t “wait and see” but “look and see.” We weren’t going to make it work. He was going to show us how people who don’t just tell his story but also live his story are not just transformed themselves but become agents of transformation in the lives of those around them. God and his people would make it work.

Most Christ-followers will agree that God’s church isn’t really a building. It’s the people that God has called and redeemed; it’s a community of people that he is transforming into the image of his Son. Sounds good, but how many of us are actually being transformed and how many of us have experienced the fruit of our own transformation or that of those around us? What does it look like to be transformed into the image of Jesus?

Living cruciform lives

Throughout the New Testament we see a portrait of Jesus that, if we allow it to, will force us to rethink our understanding of God. Jesus subverts our expectations, just as he did 2,000 years ago. He shows us that true divinity, God himself, is fundamentally self-sacrificing, self-emptying, self-humbling, and self-giving or what New Testament scholar Michael Gorman calls “cruciform” (cross-shaped). In Philippians 2 Paul uses a hymn to describe Jesus’ character, calling believers, then and now, to share in it:

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

It sounds beautiful, poetic even. For many this passage is familiar, but when was the last time we allowed ourselves to be confronted by its call? These verses include what Gorman describes as the pattern of Jesus’ life and character. Although Jesus had a certain status (“equality with God”), he didn’t choose selfishness (“his own advantage”) but rather selflessness (“made himself nothing” and “humbled himself”).

It is sometimes too easy to simply marvel at what Jesus has done and miss the call to do likewise: have the same mindset; don’t look out for yourself; humble yourself; put others first. Don’t just tell Jesus’ story, live it. Don’t just narrate the gospel, embody it. Like Jesus, our lives are to be cross-shaped, demonstrating a sacrificial focus on the needs and well-being of others. When we, as members of God’s church, take Paul’s instructions seriously, focusing on others and forgetting about our own power and achievement, we not only truly reflect the image of the God that we worship, we become people that he uses in the lives of others here and now. We don’t have to wait for the new heaven and the new earth.

Such a community sounds beautiful, or at least the concept does. But if we’re honest—if I’m honest—too often we aren’t like Jesus. We are more like that old Dostoyevsky quote: “The more I love humanity in general the less I love man in particular.” So how do we live a cruciform life? While it may seem obvious, the first part of the answer is to be involved in the community of believers; Paul assumes believers in the Philippian church have relationships with one another. He’s instructing them on how they are to act in these relationships. Yes, this way of life will spill over beyond the church, but it starts inside of it.

Just building relationships with other believers isn’t enough, though. The church isn’t a social club. It is a community of people who are cross-shaped, retelling and reliving the self-giving and self-sacrificing life of Jesus. They are enabled to do so as each individual and the community as a whole are molded by the Holy Spirit into Christ’s image. Believers are being transformed into cross-shaped individuals through the work of the Spirit. Christ-followers have to cooperate with the Spirit’s transformative work, though, by reflecting on and identifying with this pattern: Although we may have rights, we are called not to take advantage of them. Instead we are to place the needs of others ahead of our own. Here, in our death to self—our death to personal priorities and our death to personal ambitions—we experience the paradoxical way that God brings life out of death.

The challenge of L’Arche

While he doesn’t use the words cruciform or cruciformity, Jean Vanier’s life and writings gave us a vivid portrait of what such a cross-shaped life looks like and prepares us for our own journeys. In 1964 Vanier founded L’Arche, an organization that creates homes where people with intellectual disabilities live together in a covenant community with typically abled assistants. While L’Arche itself is not explicitly Christian, Vanier’s life and work have been fundamentally motivated by his desire to follow Jesus by living out the gospel as a source of healing, love, trust, friendship, and reconciliation in a world of injustice, pain, and brokenness. Here, in Vanier’s life, we see the way in which a cross-shaped life that relives Jesus’ story spills over into our wider communities.

For Vanier, the beatitudes are at the heart of L’Arche, pointing us to the sometimes-hidden beauty found in the intellectually disabled, a beauty that can be seen in their capacity for life and growth, as well as in their openness to God. He believed that they have the gift of better understanding the Beatitudes and more closely living them out. In The Scandal of Service and The Challenge of L’Arche, Vanier described the roles of the assistants who live in L’Arche communities as not only offering physical support but, more importantly, loving those whom Vanier describes as weak, helping them to grow, to develop, to discover their beauty, and to find the meaning of their lives. Vanier believed God has a prophetic call on the lives of those who are differently abled, one that is often seen in their very ability to live life more simply, in humility, and with love and receptivity to God.

Like Paul’s portrait of Jesus in Philippians 2, Vanier’s portrait of life with the cognitively disabled is heart-achingly beautiful until we get into the nitty-gritty of what it looks like on the ground. Living with those who are differently abled requires us to let go of our self-focus and self-reliance. We have to grow in our willingness to understand people who are different, to share with them, and to sacrifice on their behalf. It is a life that confronts us with our own brokenness and poverty of spirit—our impatience, our self-absorption, our anger, and our insufficiency. In life with the intellectually disabled, we learn that we are the weak ones. Those who are supposedly “disabled” are our teachers. It is here, when we finally welcome our weakness, need, and shortcomings, that we meet Jesus.

Not everyone is called to daily life with the intellectually disabled, but they live around us and among us, as do their families. How do we engage with them on the street and in our churches? Our responses matter, because they hold the potential to embody the healing and love of God’s self-sacrifice. When we tell a parent their autistic daughter is no longer welcome in our youth group because she is too disruptive, are we living out Jesus’ love and sacrifice? Are we focusing on the needs of the “able” and “strong” at the expense of another one of Jesus’ children? Perhaps this beautiful—yes, beautiful—young woman is a crucial part of God’s transformative work. As she learns of her inherent value and beauty, finding love and acceptance, she may also help those around her to be transformed into the self-sacrificing, cross-shaped image of Jesus that is more concerned for others than self. Perhaps this young woman is there to teach the rest of us about who we really are (the broken) and what we really need (the transformative work of the Spirit).

Being confronted with weakness and failure isn’t for the faint of heart. We have to choose to cooperate with the Spirit’s work, staying in the difficult places and relationships. But when we recognize, accept, and then integrate our own weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and brokenness into our lives, God brings healing. It is here where we meet Jesus, for it is only when we welcome our own weakness, need, poverty, and insufficiency that we are able to welcome him. Then, as we encounter Jesus, we become agents of healing for those around us.

Becoming a little more like Jesus

“I’m so sorry!” I told the people around me. They just looked and smiled, telling me not to worry about it. I froze for a moment. One lady commented, smiling, “You’re doing the best you can; so is he.” What? I wasn’t being judged, condemned, and found wanting? And then someone we had met on our way in came up to me. He gently placed his hand on my shoulder and asked, “What can we do to make things easier for him and for you?” Tears welled up. No one had ever asked me that unless they were being paid. Maybe we couldcome back to this church.

Less than a year later, we had not only become regular attendees but also involved members. As we have taken steps to support others in our new community, sometimes sacrificially, we have seen how God works. We’ve seen it when we’ve gone to what was supposed to be a small group meeting and were told that we had a night free to go out to dinner while fellow church members watched our son. We’ve seen it in the way that our campus pastor has stood singing while holding Mischa, who knows without a doubt that he is not just accepted; he is loved. We’ve seen it in the way that one of the regular greeters made Mischa an official member of the welcome team with his own nametag. Each of these acts may seem small, but the sum of many small acts is far greater than the individual parts.

We don’t bear our burdens alone; our joys and sorrows are shared. We have no doubt that our son is welcome. We are welcome. In this place where we are supported and loved. God has enabled us to begin serving others instead of merely trying to survive. Our family has found love, acceptance, and healing. But perhaps the moment where God taught me the most was when a visitor walked into the sanctuary carrying a dandelion. She was beaming and smilingly told me that this beautiful boy outside had made her feel so loved and welcome; he’d given her this flower and a great big smile.

Yes. That was my son. The one who still occasionally has meltdowns during the music or prayer. The one who knows he is safe and loved. And I’m still the mom who struggles and who needs to welcome her own brokenness. But we’re all making progress. We’re each becoming a little more like Jesus and seeing how God brings life, healing, and love among people who not only tell Jesus’ story but relive it in their everyday lives.

Jennifer Brown Jones is a PhD candidate in Christian theology (Old Testament) at McMaster Divinity College and adjunct faculty at Ecclesia College. Her research focuses on the Psalter, the Minor Prophets, and the intersection of Christian life with disability studies. She attends Capital Church in Park City, Utah. You can learn more about her personal journey and read her recent reflection about Jean Vanier on her website: https://jenniferbrownjones.com