Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Need for an Advocate

"...But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." 
~ Romans 5:8, ESV ~

I have to be honest, I was dreading school starting back. Not because I didn't want a break after a long summer but because I remember the trouble that a certain kid continually got into last year. I was not ready for a repeated year of that continual bad news.

I have prayed about it often. I mostly got negative communication last year. I didn't get to hear about many wins. I wanted to hear and see my child being successful in some area. A realistic area. Any area. I wanted something other than the negative. I wanted a teacher who would love my child enough to help him even through his difficulties and yet-to-be-defined quirks.

This year, I think I got just that and I am thankful! This teacher has communicated clearly, daily. Even before the first day I emailed her my concerns and my child's history. She was super responsive and encouraging. Daily, she is encouraging to him. She encourages him to be the best he can be, and so far, it is working.

We need advocates, teachers, friends, doctors, and family who will champion our kids with their special needs. These people reflect the glory and love of Christ. I find myself in happy tears every time I see the effort and love despite the difficultly. And that is how Christ loves us. He has an unstoppable, never-giving-up, never-forsaking-us kind of love. He even loved us before we knew to love Him. He is an amazing Savior.

When we get the privilege of having these advocates in our lives, it is a shadow of Christ. It is a glimpse of hope in this world. It helps us know we will see good not only in Heaven but in the here and now land of the living (Psalm 27:13). We have a tough gig sometimes, but the grace of a good advocate takes us farther than we thought we could go. These unspoken champions are a grace gift to us just as Jesus is the One and Only Perfect Advocate given to speak on our behalf because of what He has done. It is nice to see a glimpse of his love through others as we wait for His final return.

Prayer:
Father, help us have advocates to champion our children as we live in the difficulties of this present life. Help us see your glory in being the true Advocate. Thank you for giving us glimpses of your goodness through others. In Jesus Name. Amen.

~Ang








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3 comments:

  1. I am praying that after 3 rough years of school we get some people who work with us. For the 4th year in a row he has a new guidance counselor and school psych. That does not help at all.

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    1. It can be so frustrating!!! I am praying along with you! So thankful that Jesus is our perfect Advocate even when there is no other.

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