Special needs kids have spiritual gifts and talents just like everyone else. If they are able, have them take a spiritual gifts inventory. Help them tally the score and identify their gifts. Then help them use their gifts and plug into their local church. If their gift is to teach younger children, make sure there is an adult in the room to help them along the way.
Matthew 25:37-40 says, “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
No one is perfect, especially the church body. In a day and age where autism and other challenging diagnoses are on the rise, what better place can families go to be more accepted than the church? Let’s give special needs kids what they need to make their worship experience the best ever. When we do this, we are doing it as if we are doing it for Jesus.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor’s wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children’s Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal and the Maxwell Award, she is a member of the Christian Author’s Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She is also an associate literary agent with Wordwise Media Services. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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