Friday, April 5, 2013

Love Me As I Am

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! ~ 1 John 3:1a,b, NIV

For those of you who do not already know, April is Autism Awareness Month.  While our youngest child has not been officially diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, she has been diagnosed with many components like social deficits and sensory processing disorder, along with her severe ADHD.  If there is one thing she continually reveals to me when she is able to break through her barriers of emotion, it is her deep desire to be loved and accepted. 

I want to encourage all of you to hop over to our leadership blog to examine what I've called those in special needs ministry and church authority to do to welcome families just like ours in a more appropriate way.  Feel free to leave your comments.  And whether you are affected by a family member with an autism spectrum disorder or not, let's pray more fervently this month that we, as Christians, would lavish those considered "quirky" or strange by the culture with the same outrageous love that Jesus continually pours out on us.

PRAY:  Jesus, you chose the foolish things of this world to overcome the wise.  Too often my child is considered foolish by the world, yet You give that child infinite worth.  Help us to love on all who have an autism spectrum disorder or special need of any kind.  In this way, we will more greatly reflect Your awesome glory to a hurting world.

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