Video from Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk
"A 1967 diving accident in the Chesapeake Bay left Joni Eareckson a quadriplegic. As she pondered her recovery in a hospital bed, Joni clung to John 5, which recounts how Jesus healed the paralytic. Like the man at the pool of Bethesda, Joni did not want her Savior to pass her by. However, she came to realize that her salvation was, first and foremost, for her justification. And secondly, Jesus wanted to sanctify her so she would become more like Him, even in her suffering. About Today's Guest: Joni Eareckson-Tada Joni Eareckson-Tada is an esteemed Christian stateswoman and respected global leader in disability advocacy. When a 1967 diving accident left her a quadriplegic, she emerged from rehabilitation with a determination to help others with disabilities. Mrs. Tada serves as CEO of Joni and Friends, a Christian organization which provides programs and services for thousands of special-needs families around the world. President Reagan appointed Mrs. Tada to the National Council on Disability, and she was reappointed by President George H.W. Bush. The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed and signed into law during her tenure on the council. Joni is the author of many books, including Where's My Miracle?, Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God's Sovereignty and Glorious Intruder: God's Presence in Life's Chaos. Joni is also an accomplished artist and served as general editor of the Beyond Suffering Bible, a special edition published by Tyndale for people with disabilities. Joni and her husband, Ken, reside in Calabasas, California. Resources Mentioned: Joni and Friends Ministry: Joniandfriends.org Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 - https://www.ada.gov/" from video introduction.
Like many of you out there I am a Cancer Survivor, having lived through 4 different primary cancers and treatments. The last cancer and treatment has left me with several debilitating side effects. Yet we as Christians know that God allows us certain suffering and stress to sanctify us to be more like his son Christ Jesus. My disease has brought much humility and clarification to my life. As you work each day to make it through the day consider those among us with much more crippling physical and mental adversity. Joni Eareckson-Tada is one of those. - Andy