On Sunday morning it was almost one of ‘those’ days. But we pushed through together and made it to church on time.
About two minutes after dropping Paul off, he had one of his seizure-like episodes. We hadn’t even made it out of the hallway up to the sanctuary.
But, rather than giving up, the room leader (who I also happen to know through her volunteering at Desiring God) just wanted to make sure it was ok for him to stay. These episodes are frightening to watch, but she knew that a significant part of her job is helping families like mine experience worship and preaching.
After these spells, Paul mostly wants to sleep, so he wasn’t going to be demanding much attention. And Paul’s aid is both an experienced health care professional and a long-term volunteer with him.
So, the rest of us went up to worship.
We were late by this time, but we were in the sanctuary. We were in the sanctuary because the children’s ministry is oriented toward serving the children AND their families. And sometimes families are best served when a child with multiple disabilities who has an unknown seizure-like disorder sleeps on his volunteer’s lap.