14. Morgan’s presence has increased our creativity: Making him a busy bag with quiet toys to help him sit through church; finding computer programs to help him read; teaching our other children how to run through his therapy program with him and help him learn.

15. We’ve learned to connect – to finding ways to bring Morgan back to us, not leaving him in his own world, but reaching in and drawing him back into our reality

16. God has worked in me a long-term vision of seeing Morgan whole, normal, providing for his own family. And He has given me the tenacity to do the necessary work each and every day to achieve the dream.

17. Morgan has opened up the world of autism, handicapped or “different” people to our children. They have more compassion, insight, wisdom and patience.

18. This has given me a greater compassion for those who hurt; but has also given me a greater desire to find ways to resolve hurting situations in my life – including finding explanations, answers, remedies, and practical help. Not merely enlisting sympathy, but soliciting solutions.

19. Being in this situation has opened up a wealth of ministry to reach hurting moms and dads with children on the autistic spectrum.

20.  I’ve learned what it means to push him (and myself), to become his greatest: reading, learning, dressing himself, zipping pants, putting on shoes, putting his clothes up, doing challenging chores geared to his level and a bit above.

21.  Coming to the realization that God does indeed mean this for good, and not for evil. (Genesis 50:20) That we live in a fallen world, and bad things happen to good people. But, God will be the Victor, still. This sickness is to bring glory to the Lord, and has done so, already, in so very many ways.

22.  I have learned to stand on God’s promises when things look bleak. To remind God of His Word, His promises to us, and that He is faithful.

23. Taking my thoughts captive has been one of the hardest lessons for me to learn. To not look at the past, the “what if’s,” the “Why did this happen to Morgan and us?” No longer questioning God’s wisdom or His plan, but thinking about today, and the future God has planned.

24. And last, but certainly the most wonderful: Yesterday, in church, we witnessed Morgan’s acceptance of Jesus Christ into His life. Pure and sweet, he raised his hand and asked Jesus to come in. What could be a greater blessing than parenting another eternal soul headed for heaven?

Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. Psalms 127:3-5

And as for you, ye meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, Gen 50:20

Some Biblical Promises for Special Children

Their children also shall be as formerly... Jeremiah 30:20a

And all your sons will be taught of the Lord; The well-being of your sons will be great. Isaiah 54:13

Commit yourself to the Lord; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, because He delights in him. Psalm 22:8

Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me. Matthew 25:40

Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; Mark 9:37