#146 - I Have a Congenital Disorder
Volume 1 - Prayers to Love God
Dear Father, I was born with a congenital disorder. A birth defect. My extremities have a deformity. My heart, nervous system, gastrointestinal system, or kidney has a defect. My spine was deformed. I cannot see, hear, or speak. There is brain damage and I have limited intellectual abilities. Why did this happen to me? Did my mother consume something that impacted my fetal development? Did my mother have an infection? Did she receive enough nutrients as she carried me? Was there a mutation in the DNA? Was my father's sperm impacted by his lifestyle choices? Was he too young or too old when I was conceived? Father, I may not know the answers to these questions. I know You do. However, I do know that I have bitterness and resentment in my heart. Why did You allow this to happen to me? This is no small thing - this is an entire lifetime of struggle. I'm very limited in my capacity to make a difference in this world. I feel helpless. Dependent. Powerless. I am needy. I will receive special treatment throughout my life. I don't feel normal. Father, what was Your purpose for this? Make me an example that in the most horrific of situations a person can still be thankful to You and live for Your honor. Imagine if I can dedicate my life to You and to others. What excuse would anyone else have for not doing the same in their life? Father, make that the meaning of my disability. That I can be inspirational to others. Give me a character of incredible dignity and strength. May others say that if I can honor God while having congenital disorders, they can honor God in their situation. One day, when I'm with You, I will run through the fields, free from these chains. Thank You. Amen.
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