Although not all of us, including myself, have children with special needs, we probably know someone who does or have worked with such people at some point. Through these experiences, we learn how challenging it can be to care for a person with special needs, but also how fantastic such a person can be.
They see the world in such a different and sometimes refreshing way.
In their book The Life We Never Expected, British couple Andrew and Rachel Wilson highlight both ends of the spectrum. They acknowledge the difficulties and disappointments of having two autistic children, but also the joys and the lessons learned.
This book is a quick and easy read, but by no means shallow. The authors share some fantastic concepts that they support with passages from the Bible and from other people. In fact, the whole structure of the book is based on Psalm 130.
These concepts go beyond raising special needs children and touch everyone who may be suffering or struggling with something, and that is exactly what the authors intended.
There were several sections that especially spoke to me, but a couple that stuck with me were "Individualitis and the Dung Gate" (Andrew and Rachel have very interesting and often amusing writing styles) and "Daydreaming about Eternity."
In the former, Andrew talks about how he and many others suffer from a disease called individualitis. Each of us thinks it's all about "me" when it should be about the Church as a whole.
In the latter, Andrew talks about the glories and the changes that will come over the world and his children in the future. I have found similar thoughts to bring great joy to my soul, especially lately after the death of my uncle.
So I highly recommend you pick up The Life We Never Expected and read it. There will be something for you in it.
- James D. McIntosh Jr.
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