|Cooper looking out at Lake Erie.|
I would be remiss, however, if I did not very clearly state; they had no idea how to teach him, none.
The few who wanted to attempt to figure it out, well they were equally stuck, embedded in a school system perpetually glued to the thinking; Special Education students are nothing more than props to be hauled out for cute stories and photo opportunities. The desire to truly educate and prepare them to be contributing members of the community simply did not exist.
In their eyes, and more importantly in their actions, they proved over and over again they saw no value in the education of my son or those like him.
I know I need not remind most of you reading this that every life created, no matter how "defective" it may appear to the world we live in, has not only value...but God designed purpose. God created them, they are..."Fearfully and Wonderfully made!" But oh I know too well, most of the time, that is so hard for the world to see.
It is often, hard for us to see.
The world may just see what they feel is broken, or defective, they may say there is "something wrong" and think a child is simply, "not good enough". And as parents, that is almost unbearable to hear; it is hard to know, that our children are looked at and thought of this way.
We look at our children, who have arrived on this planet in some unique, intriguing and challenging packages and WE LOVE. It's what we do, it's who we are. Because of this, we want it all for them, and we want no hurt, no pain, no heartache.
We were created for heartache, and it is not an easy road.
Psalm 34:18 NIV
Our children are created with a God-designed purpose, and that is the thing that heals the heart. It's indescribably difficult to know your child will suffer, will hurt, will live and die in a world that will never truly see them and value them the way we do, the way God does.
How can God do this?
The Bible clearly tells us that every life is carefully crafted by God.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,
I know that full well."
Psalm 139: 13-14 NIV
"Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him."