Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Love Pat

Little children, let us not love with word or tongue but in deed and truth.  (1 John 3:18 NET)

   Our grandson is a special needs gift from God.

   A genetic brain defect left Jonathan with poor motor skills, seizures, and without speech.  To never hear her son say, "Mommy" caused our daughter unbearable inward pain.  The usual questions arose: "Why did this happen?  Where is God in all of this?  Where will I get the strength to handle this situation?  It took time for her to process the hurt and disappointment, but in time God strengthened her faith and gave the love needed to deal with Jonathan's handicap.

   After twenty-one years Jonathan's problems have not diminished.  He still has periodic seizures, can't speak, no bladder control, but possesses a gentle childlike personality.  Whenever we get together, he greets us with a big grin and a "love pat" to show his pleasure.  He loves trucks, trains, tractors, and points, grunts, and taps me whenever a semi-truck rolls by.  His radiant smile and simple acceptance of life shows me the kind of trust Jesus wants each of us to have.

   Do you have or know of someone who has a child with special needs?  Are you willing to share the love of Jesus with them?  You may be surprised at their capacity to love in return.

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