Grieving the loss of the life you wanted isn't cured by catchy phrases or meal trains (though food is always a close second in my opinion.) Grief will find you closest to the Father if you let it.
He may not ever be able to do what all of his classmates or friends and church can do, he may never recite a poem or master a dance step, and he may only ever be able to press a button on a screen to be included, but there is no doubt for me that God’s will IS to include him.
I simultaneously take great comfort and am terrified by the fact that my children understand and experience faith more by who I am and how I live than by the particular things I say in those moments when I think I’m ‘teaching’ them about God.
Let us look back on what Christ did for us, let us look forward to what is to come when we meet Him face to face, and let us serve others so He can be glorified.
If there is anything in my life that I prioritize over God, then I am serving that idol before I serve him. Not all too surprising, a lot of the potential idols that came to mind I found to be associated with having a child with special needs!
Let’s see the nativity play as a gauge of where our church has gotten to on the road to accessibility, acceptance, inclusion and belonging… For a few, there is indeed ‘Good news for ALL people!’, for others, they are 'arriving at Bethlehem' but still have a lot more to do, for many, they 'haven’t even left Nazareth' yet, there is a long journey ahead, and they haven’t even borrowed a donkey.