Considering Advent on International Day of People with Disability

International Day of People with DisabilityMorag Balfour encourages us to walk, hobble or wheel through the darkness into light this Advent.

Some of us are born disabled, some of us become disabled, and some of us have disability thrust upon us.

We are less likely to be in work than our able-bodied counterparts, and when we are, we are paid less. We are no less less human because of our disabilites. We are happy, silly, brilliant, miserable, creative in much the same way as everyone else.

I live in a country where the disabled are scrutinised, examined for truthfulness, where fear of the authorities abounds. We've become a bit more marginalised since the Tories came to power.

Hope is a precious, and at times waning, commodity. I'm writing this on the 2nd December, the day our Westminster Parliament debates whether or not Britain will participate in air strikes on Syria. It looks as though the government will win the debate. But, I hasten to add, not the moral debate. Our bombs are clever enough to kill only IS fighters, so they say. Any sensible person grown, or otherwise, knows this is a fiction, that innocents will be killed or injured.

For those that do survive, a good number will have disability thrust upon them.

Today is International Day of People with Disabilities. Today my thoughts are with those who join our number through situations of conflict. Hope for them too is a precious, waning commodity.

Advent is a time of waiting, where hope is but a seed, for Christ has yet to be born amongst us.

Let us walk, hobble, and wheel our way through the darkness of these days into the light of love. Let us all add our own light to these days. Raise our voices for kindness, justice, and peace, and then that wee baby will be born in our lives once more.


  • 56 years ago