My Dad had his leg amputated. He was still my dad. The NFL has a player who starts and has only one hand. My wife doesn't have a thyroid and she is still awesome. We have been conditioned to believe that we can continue on without specific body parts. We can. However, wouldn't all of these three people prefer to still have them so that they could function more efficiently without a prosthetic or without medicine? We may think we can function alone or without certain types of people in our lives but the truth is that we may be able to function but probably not as efficiently and effectively as if we allowed others in our lives.
Lord, help me to understand and appreciate others for who they are.