ASL for “interpreter”
I was fortunate not to be cursed to my face for being deaf or hearing-impaired. Still, I know I require more patience than usual from hearing people. I can’t help it, but because of my hearing loss, I am more aware of and dependent on body language. People may say the right words, but their body language will usually reveal true feelings.
Many years ago when I was young, I was confronted by a hearing person. The boy was a known trouble-maker, and he was looking for trouble. He swore at me, but I was unfazed by his speech. I could see from his body language he did not mean well. But, at that time I did not know any swear words and I stood there puzzled. He was not getting the expected reaction from me. When he found out I did not know, he thought it funny. Because of that, his anger was deflected from me, and I escaped to live another day.
The word “polite” is defined in dictionaries as having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people. I wondered why politeness seems to be disappearing from today’s society. I also wondered what the Bible had to say about being polite. In the ERV translation I found what I was looking for in Titus 3:2. But I also found that different translations rendered the original Greek using different words. It’s a lesson on how to make use of different translations to have a better understanding of the original meaning from Old Testament Hebrew and New Testament Greek. The following excerpts are listed in order by publication date, or last revision. Continue reading
Becoming a believer. Knowing Jesus as Lord. Living life for God. These are all parts of my new life as a deaf Christian. The desire to serve God continues to this day in my life. Becoming active in a local church is one part of my new life. When we moved to Florida, my wife and I looked for a Deaf Church. My wife is now deafened like some others in her family. A hereditary condition. Being late Deaf means she needed to learn Sign Language. So did I also learn Sign Language to communicate with my wife. Continue reading