I often wonder what it would be like to be a normal dad, of a normal family, with a normal son. I sometimes imagine sitting through an entire church service or ball game or date with my wife without having to answer an urgent alarm activated by Jake. I would probably have more friends, more time, and more worldly accomplishments. I would definitely have more pride.
In exchange, there would be less opportunity to recognize the amazing grace that God displays each and every day through the disability of my son. It is this grace that humiliates my pride, humbles my soul, deepens my shallowness, and allows me to see what is most important in life.
Greg Lucas, Wrestling with an Angel: A Story of Love, Disability and the Lessons of Grace, Kindle Locations 411-416).
Greg will be speaking at the November 8 conference, The Works of God: God’s Good Design in Disability. I encourage you to come here him speak about God’s goodness in parenting a child with disabilities ‘when your heart is continually crushed,’ for God’s glory, and for your good.