Thursday, August 11, 2011

Love for Special Needs Kids

But Jesus said, Let the children come to me.  Don't stop them!  For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.  And he put his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.  (Matthew 19:14-15)

  Nineteen years ago my grandson was born.  Everything seemed fine at first.  It wasn't long before my daughter sensed something amiss.  Jonathan couldn't grasp things like normal children.  He couldn't chew food in the normal way.  Worst of all he wasn't talking.  Numerous tests were taken, and a genetic defect discovered.  It was unlikely he would grow normally like other children.  

  What a shock to his parents when they realized that they'd never hear him say "daddy" or "mommy."  How would he be treated by children his age?  Educational officials wanted to label him as retarded.  He was rejected by the local school district and had to attend a special school miles from home.

  Jesus has a special love for children with special needs.  He invited children to come to him.  The invitation included the handicapped, the rejected, the lonely, the crippled, the blind, and especially the outcasts.  He touched the eyes of the blind and they could see.  He lifted up the lame and they walked.  Think of the power of a godly touch.

   You can give someone a godly touch today.  Make a list of people in need and send an encouraging note or  dial their phone number and reach out to them with a godly touch.

Thought for the Day: God is busy touching the lives of those with special needs.  

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