Monday, November 3, 2003

The Sparrow

Laying in the stillness of the night, a mother says a prayer, “Father, please help him, if you choose not to heal him, give me strength.” After getting all of two hours sleep, she is awoken by the sound of the alarm clock. Again, she says a prayer, “Dear God, help me make it through another day. Please send a friend.”

Raising children in these times is a challenge for most parents. When you are the parent of a child who suffers from multiple disabilities, the challenge is magnified, ten fold.

Having her morning coffee as she sits on the porch, she watches a humming bird, feeding from the bright, red feeder, made by the hands of a little boy, who doesn‘t realize the life he is living is challenged. “Amazing,” she says to herself, as she is reminded of something she heard in church, as a little girl, “He sees every sparrow when it falls.” Wondering to herself, “does He?”

Maybe, sometimes We are his eyes. Are we watching the sparrows around us?Do we see them when they fall? Do we look in the other direction, because we have too much on our plates, as it is? Or, are we simply too busy to even notice? Some of us may see the sparrows and say, “a broken wing, that’s a shame.” Others simply choose to step over them, while the sparrows who once soared high, are struggling to get back up and fly.

Ask yourself

How many sparrows has God allowed to fall, in front of me?

What did I do?

What will I do tomorrow?

Statistics show, 90% of families with disabled children, do not attend church.

Statistics show, 80% of marriages who are parents of disabled children, end in divorce.


I am writing this because I do not want my family to become a statistic

The need for church programs to include special needs children and their families is something most people attending church are unaware of. Although 18% of the population is suffering from some form of disability

Your church can help keep these families together. Please, open your doors and your hearts to these families





babyshark28 said...

What a beautiful heart filled message, thank you for sending it out, I will now carry it out from here.

slowmotionlife said...

Mia - what can I say? This is so troubling. I personally know I don't do ENOUGH, give enough of my time and my heart to those who need it. It's entries like this that make me truly believe you deserve the award for Most Thought Provoking journal. And you don't just make me *think*.. you make me *feel*... Thank you for that.

aims814 said...

Aw, Slo. you are too sweet. You give of yourself, with every email you send. ie: the Halloween message, for Stephen. He still wants to watch it. over and over. See? That's all it takes, little things. These children (and let's not forget about the disabled adults) love the little things. You've made a difference w/out even knowing :) Love ya bunches!

jslack605 said...

80% of parents of disabled children end in divorce. What a sad statistic. It's fairly easy to give a cash gift once a year to some local charity and call it good. How much more to help out one child or one family, get to know them a little, and help out throughout the year. I see everyday how children's illness affects their parents. Because of your thoughful journal, I for one will look at what I can be doing to help more.

slowmotionlife said...

In that case, I'm gonna send you a dozen more. Get broadband, woman! LoL

ondinemonet said...

I know of two very "special" people in my community. I didn't have the pleasure of meeting them while they were children, but the adults that they are, are kind sweet, caring, nurturing, funny, giving, warm and my life is richer for having met them. They possess the very qualities, the rest of us aspire to, and usually fall short of.

tuggi2 said...

Mia, you are amazing. I personal know you and your an ANGEL.
tell the "TAZ" that we love him. Marynell