tonight i was able to attend the "prayer and share group for parents of children with special needs" meeting. this group was started by the leaders of a special needs ministry of a local church. they are a precious couple who i've come to love and admire in a very short time! their son has cerebral palsy, and he is 27 years old, living independently with in-home support.
tonight we had a small group, about 14 parents....whose children have varying disabilities; Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy with developmental delays, and autism. these folks are a great group of Christians, for the most part, who love their children dearly and are looking for support and encouragement! i'm thankful for the heart of this couple who started the group. they are amazing!
as much as i love being around people....i'm a people person....i sometimes leave there feeling a little discouraged and overwhelmed. it's still hard for me to see those older teens/young adults who are so developmentally delayed, so lacking in social and communication skills.....so needy. there, i said it. i just cannot picture our precious wyatt like these young people. right or wrong.....in denial or not....that's the way i'm feeling right now...tonight! but i must remind myself that i need only focus on today....not tomorrow or 18 years from now....as God's Word tells me...."Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Mark 6:34)
but i am encouraged by the love and devotion these parents have for their children. their commitment to doing the best for their children is amazing! for the most part, they each firmly believe that God had a plan in blessing them with a child with special needs.....praise God! i'm thankful for the opportunity to learn from these parents and walk this unexpected journey with them.....