I think their greatest need (and ours) is to be introduced to - and grow in the experience of being filled with the fullness of God's love.
People with intellectual disabilities have historically been underestimated, under-educated, and under-utilized in their talents and giftings. And I'm afraid their aptitude for understanding spiritual things have been sold short, too!
I love how this verse says that knowing the love of God is based on Him filling our spirit. His love SURPASSES all knowledge. God's love can't be earned, figured out in our limited understanding, dissected and explained, but God's love can fill our lives with truth, light, freedom, and purpose!
THE most important thing we can ever "get" out of life is to experience God's love -- in our identity, our purposes, and our spirit!
First Corinthians 13 tells us, if we don't have God's love, we have nothing.
Oh, but this has been difficult for me to fully understand and embrace. When Bethany was born, we didn't know what she would be able to learn. I grieved thinking about all the things she wouldn't learn, the books she wouldn't read, the things she wouldn't get to understand or debate.
God started teaching me early on that I was going to have to re-evaluate what I thought was "important" in life. As I did, I realized the most important thing for me to make sure Bethany understood were these:
Basking in His love- Cindy Barclay