Back in 1995, God gave Dianne and me a boy who is different than any other boy I’ve ever heard of. I mean that literally; he has an unusual mix of disabilities. God has used that boy to reveal more of his grace and power and mercy than I ever could have imagined.
And he has made the Bible more precious than I could have thought possible.
Today marks the 500th post on The Works of God since we started in September 2009. Given what we imagined as a blog on disability ministry back in 2008 (on an entirely different blog platform), I find that amazing. And there are still books to be read, journals critiqued, ministries encouraged, and scriptures explored.
If you are new to this blog, this is the boy who God uses to keep me dependent on him. Paul sang this song following the Easter service in April 2010. He is 14 years old in this video:
Over the past several months, he has been plagued by mysterious, seizure-like episodes that have discouraged these spontaneous expressions of praise. God has helped us through these hard months, and we continue to pray for answers.
But Saturday we were given a little gift of the old singing:
Paul is a gift. So are all the other children and adults with disabilities God has given to his church. The world needs to know that.
We’ll keep telling that story until we run out of things to say. It might be a while.
To God be the glory. Great things he has done!