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How could we, as victims of disability or crime, be a catalyst for change? Is it hopeless for us to do anything? Or must we give up, using radical acceptance to help us deal with the anger and frustration?

Looking back at Britain’s Slave Trade when things must have seemed hopeless from the slaves’ point of view, you might be surprised to know that some of them worked side by side with Britain’s abolitionists. They formed their own group, ‘The Sons of Africa.’ [1]

In the way the slaves, though victims, spoke out against the injustices that affected them, so can we. It takes courage and it takes strength. But faith in God—the One who is able to overcome what is evil—can provide these. Jesus can be our example.

When we read about Jesus’ concern, even for the “lowly” outcasts of his day, he encourages us to have the same kind of concern for the “undesirables” of our day.

Some of us with mental health challenges and other disabilities suffer in such a way that our compassion for others is deeply aroused. Aware of what our own suffering was like and how our lives were affected, we can’t help but speak out.

Have you ever thought of picking up a pen?


[1] Sons of Africa: The early political group formed in the 1700s by freed slaves in London. Mildred Europa Taylor Jun 8, 2018 (https://face2faceafrica.com/)

This has been Part 19 of the Series A LIFE WORTH LIVING. Read Part 20 – Other-centeredness.