Your Will Be Done, Lord

Steven Laman

Read: Mark 14:32-41 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (v. 36) Jesus would have loved to bypass the cross. He knew it would be painful and lonely. Though he didn’t want to hang on that cross, he was willing to go to Calvary and die because it was God’s will. He asked if there was a different way. In Luke it …

Waiting on Him

Steven Laman

Read: Jude 17-25 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. (vv. 20-21) Remember when you were a child, the best part of the whole year was Christmas because you received all kinds of presents. The brightly wrapped packages were set neatly around the tree. If you were like me, …

Being Christ’s Disciples

Steven Laman

Read: 1 Corinthians 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (v. 13) One of the good things about having a disability is meeting some wonderful and helpful people. I look back fondly on two physical therapists I had when I was younger. They were very patient when they were working with me. In therapy, there is a lot of repetition to re-train the muscles that do not work correctly. No …

Mountain Reminders

Steven Laman

Read: Psalm 125 Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. (v. 1) It was a beautiful Southern California day in late January. The weeks of rain and cold weather had given way to sun, Santa Ana winds, and warmer temperatures. While riding to school in my wheelchair, I was struck by the mountains and the sun reflecting off their snowy peaks. The sight reminded me that God surrounds me with …

The “Why” Question

Steven Laman

Read: John 9:1-12 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. (v. 3) Why am I in a wheelchair? Why is it so hard for me to make myself understood? Why, Lord, why? The disciples posed the same question to Jesus about the man who was born blind. “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:2). Jesus said …

Our Helper

Steven Laman

Read: Hebrews 13:1-8 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (v. 6) In most areas of my life, I need a helper. From the littlest details like shaving and brushing my teeth to making a phone call to a friend, I need help to survive from day to day. My mom is almost always my helper. She is always willing to help me with whatever I need. …