Autism Awareness Month
Latest Blog Posts on Autism
Two of my good friends are also members of Special Gathering, which is a ministry within the mentally challenged community. They are going through extremely difficult times. Last night I spent a good deal of time with them. It was a fun outing; but my purpose was to extend our friendship. Also, I hoped that they'd be willing to share a brief glimpse with me into their pain. It happened. S ...
I found an interesting tip for making your own personalized dinnerware. You buy the cheap white china from the Dollar Store and write on it with a porcelain pin. Then you bake them in the oven for 30 minutes. It’s a great idea for the crafty folk out there who are living on a budget but like stylized personal items. However, on reading this, my mind went immediately to how often the small th ...
Today, I'm headed home from a vacation that seemed long when I planned it; but then it was over more quickly than I could have imagined. Other family will arrive soon and I'll need to work around their vacation schedule. I've been in Chattanooga, a wonderful place, especially since my granddaughter is here. But I'm happy to be going home. A good friend and member of Special Gathering often ...
There are few times that I don't feel light-hearted and joyful. My brother says that it's only because I'm stupid. I think it's because God has given me the ability to see beyond present pain and embrace the joy of a new day. Don't get me wrong. I went through years of depression. In fact, at a time when I knew that I was in big trouble, I consulted a good friend who was a therapist. "Yo ...
This is a comment I received from a reader. I thought this was well worth our review. Autistic people can be some of the most vulnerable dependent adults in the universe. Mainly, because they are at the mercy of others who care for them and can take advantage of them by blaming abuse on the autistic person themselves. You have to be a seriously sadistic, cruel coward to prey upon defenseles ...
Glory to God in the Highest Luke 2:6-16 Central Theme: Christmas is a time for big events and big changes. Introduction--I have to admit that at Christmas I go a little crazy. I save all year and spend all December. I blame my parents. They worked all year preparing for Christmas for us. Sewing cooking and repairing, painting old bikes. The majesty of God’s gift cannot be matche ...
That night, some shepherds were in the fields nearby watching their sheep. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and they became very frightened. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people. Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord. This is ...
How do you tell the Christmas story to a group of people who are intellectually disabled? Of course, this is a dilemma no matter where your ministry lies. If you are a parent, can you make the story fresh to your growing brood? If you preach to a congregation of 10,000, what is the method you will use to keep the message relevant while remain true to the gospel message? Each year I try to f ...
Autism in the Community