Pray for the Lady

  • Dec. 5, 2018
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During one stop in Jamaica, I noticed a Jamaican man strumming a banjo while pumping drums and a horn with one foot. 

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada.  Years ago, my husband Ken and I vacationed on a Caribbean cruise. During one stop in Jamaica, I was happy to sit in the shade under a colonade in town.  I noticed a Jamaican man strumming a banjo while pumping drums and a horn with one foot.  His other leg was amputated.  When he saw me bob my head to his rhythm, he picked up a pair of maracas and offered, “Here, lady, come join me!” He hobbled over to put the maracas in my hand.  That’s when he drew back, dismayed to see that not only were my legs paralyzed, but my hands were paralyzed, too. He cried to those gathered, “Oh, please pray for the lady!”  I was thinking to myself, what an honor! I was the recipient of charity from a toothless old Jamaican with one leg! Oh, how humbling.  Friend, when you are considered less than the least, count it a privilege.  Because in that, you are like Christ.

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