Reverend with cerebral palsy helps others find peace

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The Rev. Richard Herrin rides along the sidewalk (Credit: ANDREW DYE/JOURNAL)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Richard Herrin has a favorite response when someone complains that life is hard.

He raises his hands — which are warped into permanent fists — to his eyes — which are often half-closed. He leans back a little in his motorized wheelchair.

Then he smiles, and almost winks, and says, in as kind a way as his voice will let him:

“Wah, wah, wah.”

It’s funny, not malicious, and it comes from a place of love. Herrin, an ordained reverend with several college degrees, just wants the people he meets to notice the blessings in their lives.

That’s because he’s noticed the blessings in his, even when he had to work to find them.

“Faith moves mountains,” he said, in his halting, sometimes strained cadence. “Without faith, you can do nothing.”

This article was written by Laura Graff and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.