If we just blame everything on "He's going through hormonal changes," then we won't be thinking of how we can support and help him.
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.
This Christmas, instead of feeling guilty about our reluctance, I invite you to celebrate the One who gives us the grace we need to show up each day and love those He has put into our care. This Christmas, let's celebrate showing up.
Often when we are sharing challenges, we cloak it with, “This is not a complaint, it’s just a fact.” Let us show you how that looks and sounds!
John is an only child, married to an only child, and raising an only child. So who will celebrate Christmas with his son when he is gone? “So where my child may not have extended family to depend on, we create relationships with people who are most important to us, starting with our church family.”