How do I know if my disabled child can have a faith? It’s a question many parents of children with disabilities ask, but there are clues to find, things Jesus did, ways of understanding how our child responds to God, that give us answers.
A few days later, God turned up in the middle of the night… and then I saw an image very clearly in my mind. I remember feeling quite smug, thinking I’d guessed God’s punchline… I’d guessed wrong!
During his life on earth Jesus challenged the accepted culture of his time, often creating a societal and political storm as he did so. He was not what many expected the Messiah to be, even though there had been plenty of prophesy that provided more than enough detail of what to expect from him. He … Continue reading Jesus Christ: Poor, Child Refugee, Homeless, Disabled?
The Bible is packed with stories of people… children, young people, and adults of all ages. We know that today around one in five children and young people have an additional need or disability of some kind, and many will continue to have these additional needs throughout adulthood as well. If that’s the case now, there … Continue reading Are There Children & Young People In The Bible Who Had Additional Needs?
We’re in a battle, whether we like to think about it or not. Whether you have a faith of any kind, or none, one thing that generally unites us all is a belief that there is good and evil in the world… and that these two forces are totally and utterly opposed to each other. … Continue reading ‘Spiritual Warfare And My Additional/Special Needs Child’
Jesus met lots of people, engaged with lots of people, helped lots of people during his three years of ministry; some of these, perhaps a surprising number, were children. Some of the children had additional needs of some kind, although not all, but each of the encounters Jesus had with these children can teach us … Continue reading Children Jesus Met And What They Teach Us About Additional Needs
By stretching out our hand in welcome, in love, to everyone, we are doing what Jesus would have us do; and in following his teaching our own lives are healed, and our churches become places of belonging for all.
The Bible is full of stories about children and young people; some of these stories are among the most well-known of all (Mary, Joseph, David, Samuel, Esther…), some are lesser known, more obscure, but none the less important stories (the widows son and Elijah, the slave girl of Naaman, Jairus’ daughter…). In thinking about some … Continue reading ‘Children of the Bible and my Autistic son’
Devoted… an important word, one which we often hear, and a word that we all probably think we fully understand; but do we? How truly deep a word is it? And what might it mean in the context of caring for a child or young person with additional needs; whether as parent, carer, other family … Continue reading ‘Be Devoted To One Another In Love’
Jesus is surely the greatest story teller the world has ever known. His stories, also known as parables, are lively, exciting, challenging and filled with teaching. Every time we read one of Jesus’ parables, we learn something new through them… they speak into our lives like no other storyteller has. We all have our favourite … Continue reading ‘Children With Additional Needs Are NOT Second Best To Jesus’