Sign Language

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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Our daughter was born deaf. When she was two years old, we had her hearing tested by an audiologist and were told that she was profoundly deaf. Hearing disability may be ranked as mild, moderate, moderately severe, severe, or profound. As a young child, our daughter wore her hearing aids, but when she became a teenager, she stopped wearing them as they were of no benefit to her. A person who is profoundly deaf is unable to understand speech even in the presence of amplification. That person may also be unable to speak clearly so as to be understood.

Shortly after she was diagnosed as profoundly deaf, my husband, our son (who was three years older than she was), and I began to learn sign language so that we could communicate with her. Before sign language, she was very frustrated as she didn't have the words to express herself. Now that she is an adult, she, at times, needs an interpreter to convey what she wants to say or to understand what is being said to her, for example at doctors' appointments or workshops.

Oftentimes, we Christians may find ourselves frustrated and without words to communicate with God, to tell Him how we feel or what is deep in our hearts. Sometimes, all we can think of to say is "Help!" Have you ever experienced this? Other times, we worry about what to say, or we try to use fancy words and phrases. God doesn't care about the words we use. In fact, the Bible tells us that the Spirit helps us in our weakness, praying with and for us.

Romans 8:26-27 – Likewise the Spirit also helps us in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (NKJV)

God wants us to pray to Him and has not left us in our weakness but has provided a way for us to communicate with Him even when we don't know how to express ourselves — His Holy Spirit makes intercession for us and God knows what we are trying to say.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You that You have not left us without a way to come to You to express our deepest desires and concerns. Keep us from being deaf to Your voice calling us to follow You and to be more like Your Son Jesus in all that we say and do. In His name, we pray. Amen.

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Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Wonderful encouragement for today Dee.

    Dee, thank you for sharing with us today. I enjoyed what you shared very much and look forward to the next time you share.

    Hi Dee
    As always a very thoughtful and thought-provoking meditation, Thank you!

    Excellent application of God’s word. Simple, well written, strong scriptural lesson.
    Thank you. God bless you.

    Dee – What a great devotional! Your analogy is so perfect. The Holy Spirit has helped me on many occasions to know how or what to pray for; what a treasure we have in Him. Thank you for sharing these powerful thoughts with us.
    God bless you.

    Hi Dee,
    There are hardly words to express my feelings upon reading this morning’s devotional. My cousin was born with Down’s Syndrome. I so well remember my parents’ reaction to that…extreme grief and then a renewed faith. Your devotional reminded me of that situation and of how faith is tested, survives, and grows stronger. Thank you.

    Dear Dee,
    Thank you for the devotional.
    God is not deaf, even to our half-breathed prayers. May he teach us all to be more intelligent and articulate — and thankful that he answers.
    I pray that you and all your loved ones and friends will be compassionate toward your unhearing daughter and will continue show Jesus’ love.
    I could not hear well with my left ear from my earliest memories. But I’m very thankful for a good right ear.
    May God continue to bless you and keep you writing for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

    Dear Dee.
    My wife and I give out small pamphlets to people with handicapped family members. Each pamphlet begins with a quote from Micah 4:6,7. Then it reassures parents that in heaven there will be nobody that is not perfect. I have a copy pasted into the bookmark of one of the books I read each day. It reminds me to pray for the care givers to be supplied by heaven of: love, patience, prayerfulness, freedom from despair, mood swings and above all a constant forward-look to heaven where one day their loved ones will be totally free from every defect.

    Hello from Texas,
    GIA. GIA = GOD is ALL…!!!
    Your devotional brings to mind how the HOLY SPIRIT intercedes and fills in the words that we can not.
    My first attempt at praying for an enemy quickly turned to an admission that I did not want to pray but that I was attempting to do what JESUS instructed for us to do. I pray to FATHER like I am talking with him…common everyday vocabulary.
    Immediately, it felt as if I had been lifted over a barrier or wall by the scruff of my neck and placed in the most warm, comfortable environment that I have ever felt or witnessed…the words flowed like a river and I knew in my heart that I had pleased FATHER by just attempting to follow the WORD. Dee, that is when I felt lifted over the barrier. The result was that the situation ceased for they had more issues to deal with. I learned not to try and find out more of HIS ways…just to do my best to do HIS will. Things I need to know will be revealed to me as needed in my worldly life.
    Over the years I have has the opportunity to share this practice of praying for ones enemies. And how it worked for me.
    One of my friends had very similar results and I am sure he has shared the results with others that crossed or crosses his path.
    Dee, thank you for being the vessel that FATHER chose to bring this message to me…and your other readers.
    I ask FATHER in JESUS name, that HE rain down blessings of health, happiness with prosperity all the days of your life till HE calls you home.
    (Texas USA)

    What a comfort to know that God understands our needs even when we don’t understand them ourselves. Thanks for sharing this word of grace with us. Blessings.

    Dearest Dee!
    Amen to your prayer!
    Thanks for writing to us through PresbyCan Daily.

    Hi Dee,
    Very poignant story, and very dramatic comparison. Unlike your daughter, who had no choice in the matter, many individuals actually seem to chose deafness when it comes to spiritual matters. There are none so deaf as those who WILL NOT hear, sadly to their own detriment.

    Your devotional, supported by those who read it, also supports me in my journey today. I’m grateful to be able to
    find this kind of support, every morning. I believe there is “Unity in Community”, and get that unity as we communicate with God and one another. Thank you.

    Thank you for sharing Dee, about your daughter’s deafness.
    I pray, in Faith, in the name and authority given to me as a Born Again follower of Jesus; I take authority over the unholy spirit of deafness which is trespassing in your daughter’s body, for greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world, and command it to leave forthwith from this child of God’s body, that the pathways of her ears be opened fully, that she be able to hear and speak as Father God intended. All to the glory of The Lord. Amen and Amen.
    1 John 4:4, 1 John 5: 14-15. Thank You Lord.

    Enjoyed your message on the Presbyterian Daily Devotional, as it isn’t often that there is mention of a deaf person and the use of ASL in the family to communicate with them.
    And yes, the Holy Spirit makes intercession for those of us who are Deaf!
    Thank you for your devotional and I pray you continue to provide them.

    Hi Dee;
    Appreciate this devotional. Thank you.

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