Dave preached a sermon on Sunday.
About a blind man.
And it became about Ashlyn.
And my heart in caring for a little girl with special needs.
And was still about Jesus.
Dave has a gift in that.
God uses him to dissect texts I've read over hundreds of times
and breathe new life into them.
But it's always about Jesus.
So God can be glorified in her life.
Why was your son born with autism?
Or your daughter with Down Syndrome?
So God can be glorified.
Why did He give them to YOU?
So God can be glorified in your parenting.
We make it so complicated.
And it's easy to complicate.
We turn our backs on God.
Christians should not live burdened by their child with special needs.
We should live looking for chances for God to be honored and elevated in our situation.
Sure, there are hard days.
And it's perfectly acceptable to be exhausted.
But let's also be joyful in our purposeful lives.
He gave us our sweet little girl.
That He may be made known through imperfect ears.
And imperfect lives.
And imperfect, overwhelmed parenting.
That His works might be displayed.