A Duke University graduate named "Megan," who has a rare connective tissue disease called "epidermolysis bullosa," is asking well-meaning Christians to stop praying for her and on her.
She has created a blog that reveals how Christians often want to publicly lay hands on her and pray to heal her, which can be embarrassing and hurtful.
She has often heard the words “what’s the matter with Megan?” so she named her blog “The Matter with Megan."
In a blog post entitled “Please Don’t Pray with Me (In Airports),” Megan wrote:
Having a visible disability is like shark bait for ignorant people lacking scruples. I swear, the mere sight of crutches is like blood in the water.
The woman and her mother placed one hand on my back and one on my chest and right there, in the middle of the Ft. Lauderdale airport, began to feverishly pray on my body for Jesus to heal me. Between shouts of JESUS CRISTO! and HEAL HER FATHER GOD! their bodies shook violently, as if wracked by father, son, and holy ghost all at once. I looked at my mother’s sheet-white face and mouthed “MAKE. THIS. STOP.” She looked helplessly on, unsure how to make the scene come to a swift end without seeming rude.
Do I really seem that broken to people when I walk out the door? Does my body project a fate so grim that I actually need saving? Every once in a while I have to actively remind myself that what happened to me was an objective case of a genetic splicing error — not the Devil’s handiwork.
Megan says these types of incidents happen quite often in the Ft. Lauderdale airport, reports Patheos.com.
The 22-year-old says the public prayers have left her with “scars on me as real as the ones on my body. Rather than heal me as they intended [and you know the old maxim about good intentions], they helped break my self-esteem.”
Her advice to well-meaning folks includes: “Treat me like a person. I am a human being exactly like you. Say hello, ask how I am, but don’t make it the central focus of your interaction with me. I think that anyone with a disability deserves decency and respect and human dignity, as much as anyone else, regardless of their physical appearance.”