My Spiritual Journey with Disability

In reconciling his disability with his understanding of the nature of God, Quaker Greg Woods stopped questioning “what God did or did not do” when he started seeing himself as a part of the body of Christ.

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11 thoughts on “My Spiritual Journey with Disability

  1. Greg’s transparency and gentleness embodies what many of us may know in mind, but so often fail to integrate in practice of daily life. Thank you, Greg for teaching us through your words and open attitude towards diversity about what it means to embrace life as it is, and to accept others where they are.

  2. Some years ago, I mentioned the idea that my disability might be a gift from God, and a dear Friend in our meeting gave a ladylike snort and said, “It’s the gift that keeps on giving!!” I agree, Greg, talking about our disabilities and our efforts to serve God best we can, anyway we can, is a gift to the whole meeting. Sharing mine with the meeting helped me heal and also helped me find my voice as a minister in my meeting. I remembered lots of silencing as a kid, the message being, “Don’t play on my feelings in order to get sympathy.” I began talking about my journey as a way of sharing wisdom gained along the way. It’s called authenticity! I try to be authentic — for God.

  3. As with everything else Greg you always do an outstanding job you find ways to relate with others and constantly uplift those around you you are a true blessing my friend

  4. I’m grateful for the divine gift of Greg Woods to Greensboro, Guilford College, and the larger community of Friends. Thanks for spending a few years with us. We are all better people for having known you and worked with you.

  5. Greg,
    So many memories. I have watched you grow spiritually. I believe you were given this disability to educate others. I don’t view it as a disability but as n educational gift. I follow and read what you write and have learned from you.
    An old Ffriend
    Becky Westling Columbia Mo

  6. I agree with Becky! You are a true minister. I admire your courage. People here are proud of you.
    Member of Columbia Friends Meeting,
    Jacque Pepper

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