Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Autism & Gifts

Along the journey of my healing, I have met many parents of autistic children. Most of them desire to see their children healed, yet surprisingly, there is some hesitation to pray for it. As a child ages, sometimes gifts emerge. As a result, people fear that if the autism goes away so will the talent that often times gives a disabled person some form of validation. 

Lovingly I say to those of you with this fear, our gifts come from just one source. That source is God. Not a disease. Furthermore, these gifts can serve as a catalyst for freedom. If your child sings, the praise to Jesus weakens the chains of autism. If she paints, whether she knows it, she is connected to God's creation every time she looks at her subject matter. If he is an early reader, the power of story has the ability to kindle the fire of a dormant or imprisoned imagination. 

My Latest (Copyrighted!) Sketch by Kelly A. Noll

Remember, the gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Romans 11:29). Nothing we are given in terms of gifts and talents can be taken away from us under any circumstances. If your daughter is an artist now with autism, she will be an artist tomorrow--without autism. It's that simple!

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.   ~James 1:17

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