Our Son is special. He is beautiful and loving and different.
For the past seven years, a lovely woman at church has faithfully greeted him every week. She puts up her hands and does a “high five” and then they keep going, counting by fives till they get to one hundred. Then they do a “whoo Hoo” and a happy dance! After years of this little game, he looks for her every week, Sometimes interrupting her as she speaks with big, important people. She never waivers. She is always ready for their greeting. She knows that it is what he needs.
On Wednesdays, He and I drop my daughter off at youth church. He holds my arm as we walk through the lobby. Most kids of that age are a little uncomfortable with him. Not sure what to do so it’s easier to do nothing. A few weeks ago, a young man of 15 walked right up to us, looked my son in the eye and said “ Hi Jonah”. I was so blessed.
I have a sister who is also special and different. She is physically and mentally disabled. I live far away now but sometimes when I call home, my mom will put her on the phone. I always sing the same childhood song over the phone:
The steadfast love of the Lord
His mercies never come to an end
They are new every morning,
new every morning
Great is thy faithfulness oh Lord, Great is thy Faithfulness
Sometimes she sings the abc’s while I sing. Sometimes she just babbles.
Sometimes she hangs up.
But every once in a while she will belt out the words and sing with a heart that rings as clear as a bell!
Many of my friends make a lovely effort to greet my Son. He doesn’t always respond. It still means so much to me. Not because he is “special needs” but just because he is special. The same way that all of us are special… The children of the Most High God.
In Acknowledging one another we can give glory to the Creator.
So find someone who might be lost in the shadows. Make an effort, even if it is uncomfortable. Teach your children to Greet the young and the Aged and the disabled. Make a habit or a High five or a song with someone who needs a little extra stability in their life. You may or may not make a lifelong friend.
But you will find your reward in Eternity.
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