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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

THINGS AREN'T ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM




"...faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13)

When I was young, I remember having a young cousin that was severely mentally challenged. When we went to visit the family, I would stand by her and listen to her growl and yell at me. Her mom would explain that she was trying to express her love but it came out in a different way than ours. Is that not beautiful?!

As I have grown up and come upon someone with a disability I begin to wonder how they are expressing their love. I may catch myself looking their way for moments that would be defined -- too long. Maybe misinterpreted as "staring" or being "rude" if I am not careful. I could go back to that time as a child and wonder how this precious child of God is trying to speak. What is their language of love. How can I speak back, that I love them too. That God loves them. That they are so very special.

Not every time should I be expected to do that. That sometimes silence is ok. As they were given their own guardian angels. I may silently pray. I may engage in a beautiful conversation. Each situation will be different…. I just have to listen to my Abba's call.

One thing life has taught me….. Is it is not those with a disability that are disabled….. It is us around them….. We are challenged in our daily living.. How freely does a child, an adult live with limitations? They do not realize their limitations most of the time…. And they walk freely in the world God gave them….teaching us around them…..

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(picture of Ivey)....little princess.... the most precious girl you'll ever meet....her way of love is rubbing her face on you.... sweet smells.... oh my...


6 little hearts from you...:

Denise said...

This is so true, you are very wise my friend.

forgiven4this said...

So true, this is. My friend has a son with CS and out of all the children I have met he is the wises. I love him dearly, and cling to him when my life seems a mess, and am reminded that I have it easy.

Blessings, thanks so much for sharing!

Greg said...

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CrownLaidDown said...

Oh how very precious Ivey is...a gift from the Lord! I wish I could hold her and kiss that little face!

Thanks for your good Word Connie. May God bless Ivey doubly for the way her life has blessed mine today!
Love you in Him,
holly

CrownLaidDown said...

Oh and YES, we always have room for friends! Come on...

Linda said...

What a sensitive post. Thanks for sharing your insight. You express what we often feel.