Article by: Betsy Childs Howard
Joni Eareckson Tada has known suffering, from the depression she felt when she didn’t think her life was worth living to the physical pain she’s lived with for nearly 50 years as a quadriplegic. As someone who relies on her husband and other caregivers to bathe her, dress her, and tend to all her physical needs, Joni has learned to embrace her weakness. She believes God’s glory shines brightest when we are at our weakest—and that’s the theme of her new devotional book, A Spectacle of Glory: God’s Light Shining through Me Every Day (Zondervan, 2016).
I talked with Joni about how she fights for joy when her chronic pain feels overwhelming, why she believers God hasn’t healed her, and why we should oppose physician-assisted suicide. Joni is someone who has been through the fire, but she testifies that all her suffering has been worth it because it has drawn her closer to Jesus. As she puts it, “There's nothing more intimate than finding Jesus in your garden of Gethsemane.”
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Betsy Childs Howard is an editor for The Gospel Coalition. She previously worked at Beeson Divinity School and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. She is the author of Seasons of Waiting: Walking by Faith When Dreams Are Delayed (Crossway 2016). She and her husband, Bernard, live in Manhattan where they are planting Good Shepherd Anglican Church. You can follow her on Twitter.