02-01-2014 01;08;57AM

Boy, do we serve such an amazing God that no matter the disability a person may have whether it’s a physical or cognitive disability He is able to reach into their hearts and make himself real to them.  I have often wondered how to explain the death of a loved one to my son in hopes he would understand what I was telling him.  My son has a cognitive disability and his reality is not always our reality.  I am grateful that Jesus made himself real to him and he knows someday Jesus will return for him.  Sometimes as a parent I never know exactly how much is getting in and I’m sure it’s the same for many parents regardless if their child has a disability or not.

The other day I had to tell my son a person, whom he used to be very close to, died from lung cancer.  He became very sad, the lip curled down and his eyes filled with tears, as he looked at me.  He then took several deep sighs and sniffed a couple of times and said, “But, Mom she didn’t have Jesus in her heart.”  Talk about your heart breaking for your son!

Well, here I am not wondering about what I’m going to say anymore.  So I told him that my hope was that in her last moments Jesus came to her and she recalled all the times you used to talk about Jesus.  I reminded him of how many times he told her about David and Goliath actually to the point she asked me if I read any other stories to him besides that one.  Trying to help ease his pain I wanted to help him remember all the times he called on Jesus for help when he was with her because God would bring all those times to her mind.  I wanted him to know that all those times he called on Jesus were seeds being planted and that God would use them for His good.  My hope is that she believed and received the truth in the very moment Jesus made himself known to her.  I told him God doesn’t want anyone to perish and he says so in his word;

 John 3:16 (NLT);

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

What are you hoping for today?

About debbestillandlisten

Worshipper and follower of Jesus Christ. God has given this Christian the privilege of loving and caring for my amazing son. I absolutely love to worship our Lord and Savior and to be in His presence; there is nothing better!
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14 Responses to Hope

  1. Ben Nelson says:

    It’s so hard to teach, and it is a hard truth to face too. It is a blessing to know that your son understands such deep and wonderful truth. It will serve him well. Our walk is not always happy, but it is full of joy.

    Especially when we deal with our kids, we want to offer them happiness, but that masks what they will deal with every day of their life.

    Thanks for sharing this story.


  2. I’ve worked with all kinds of people–all ages, all abilities. For a number of years I worked one-on-one with developmentally disabled children and young adults, and that’s when I learned that IQ, physical prowess and beauty are NOT the essence of who we are, what makes us human (made in the image of God). There is so much we do not understand. Often, those who have the simplest understanding are much closer to the essential truth of what life is about. And they can have greater resources (and sometimes greater wisdom) than the rest of us tend to see or acknowledge in them.


  3. I am believing for the power to give this generation a powerful display of the gospel through my life. It is what your son gave his teacher.


  4. God is so good!!! He helps us through the difficult times in our lives. I am thankful that my brother Michael came to know Him and have a true personal relationship with Him. My brother may be gone now but he lives with Jesus and I know without a doubt that I will see again one day. Thank you Debby for your post and sparking memories of my big brother Michael and how peaceful he was at the end of his battle with cancer but also hopeful that he would see his wife Pam again in Heaven.


  5. Karen Baldyga says:

    Hey Deb…As your sister, I am so proud of you! I love your blogs. They are great and speak right to the heart of each of person that is reading it because it is coming from your heart. In this blog, you speak of my nephew, your son having a cognitive disability and I wonder about that. What does it mean …according to Merriam-Webster, to be cognitive is: of, relating to, being, or involving conscious intellectual activity (as thinking, reasoning, or remembering). I guess we could then make the conclusion to that if a person is disabled in this area, then he/she lacks being able to think of things in an intellectual or reasoning manner to some degree. But, so what, that’s why God gave us the Word, right? There are those of us that pick the Word apart and analyze it to death to the point where the truth is clouded and no longer meaningful. God doesn’t want His Word to be difficult to understand and your son, my nephew, GETS that! And probably better than most of us because we’re trying to be COGNITIVE about the Word and look for meaning and examples inside or between the lines when we don’t have to. It’s spelled out for us, as clear as day. I think that having a cognitive disability puts your son at an ADVANTAGE over the rest of us. He sees Jesus clearly and understands the Word just as clearly. Love you both!!!!


    • I am glad you stopped by,Karen and I think you are right about Tom. He does have an advantage over many of us when it comes to Jesus. It is such a blessing, as a mom, to know my son sees Jesus clearly and understands the truths of the bible and he’s not afraid to share it with others. Amen!


  6. Sandra says:

    I feel so much happier now I unsrdetand all this. Thanks!


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