Rio Paralympics 2016

Good morning! 

Yesterday drew a close to the fifteenth Summer Paralympic Games in Rio. They are the olympic games for athletes with disabilities. Following on the shirt tails of the Summer Olympics from September 7th  to  September 18th, 159 National Paralympic Committees participated at the 2016 Games, with a total of 4,342 athletes taking part in 24 events. 

I loved the words of IPC president Phillip Craven when he invited viewers to “see the true meaning of sport and the true definition of ability”, explaining that “in a country which has faced major challenges of late, Paralympians will switch your focus from perceived limitations, to a world full of possibility and endless opportunity. They will surprise you, inspire and excite you, but most of all they will change you.”

Saturday’s events changed us for certain. They saddened the otherwise joyous events with the crash on the downhill slope of the C4-5 classification road race that later took the life of one of the athletes, Iranian Para-cyclist, Bahman Golbarnezhad. Prayers to his family and his country.♡. 

I work with students with disabilities. That’s where my heart lies. ♡ I am so touched by the accomplishments of these fine Olympic athletes.  Life itself is a challenge enough for the disabled. They are living proof that God so often allows another sense to sharpen as another diminishes.  They are living proof that life offers endless possibility if you just grasp it.. 

I watched yesterday as Team USA won its first Women’s Sitting Volleyball Paralympic Title. I felt proud living in a country thst supported every athlete. Congratulations to each of the athletes that went that extra mile to accomplish their dreams. Here’s to each of you  whether you are on the local level or competing nationally. You’re all rock stars! ☆

Let’s all remember the only true disability we carry are those we place on ourselves. With Christ all things are possible.  Just watch the Paralympics in action if you don’t believe me..

 Let’s all take a moment of silence for our lost paralympic friend. A gifted athlete that let nothing get in the way of his dream. 

And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud John 9:2-7

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

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