There is a big problem that exists for families with special needs children and the church. A real, heartbreaking problem. The one place that should be a safe haven, a place of rest, a soft place to land....that place has become one more difficult place to be. And often one too many. This is so very wrong. How is it that the church has failed here? I really don't understand it myself. I know it is true. I understand what I have heard from so many families. There is no place for them, it is too hard to make it work. Church becomes just one more challenge in a week already full of challenges. Instead of being a place of refreshment and rest it is yet one more place to try and put on a good face. To be rejected because your child doesn't fit in with the rest. I will freely admit that this has not been our experience. We have been blessed to be a part of two (although I admit that the first probably no longer fits this mold) churches that have been a wonderful model of Ecclessia. When it comes to church and special needs sometimes a church is too big and our kids can fall through the cracks of programs that won't mold to them. And sometimes a church is too small and doesn't have the resources for a "special needs program". And I sit here as a former member of the large and a current member of the small (and I mean small!) and I say...this is not ok and no excuse. If the church is letting down special needs families than it is not the church! Let me show you!
|This is just a fraction of the hugs Reagan gets on any given Sunday.|
|Even though we have age groups for Sunday school...the kids mix as suits them best|
|Baptisims are family affairs|
|She loves singing with the choir...sometimes she even knows the words|
|Yes a 4 year old with limited speech is included...and participates...in the prayer circle...it is a blessing to all|
Nope. We are a family and families do stuff together no matter how old or young or how many chromosomes we have. This is Ecclisia. I know I probably rambled here, but there really is no way to sum this up. Except I guess...be called out for each other. And try to make this...Reagan's place...a reality for everyone in your life.