Sunday, July 24, 2011
The Younger Generation Saves
One of the things I hope to see change the most is acceptance of children with special needs not just among us "big people" but amongst the youth of today. Already there are so many, many ways I see that my children and every other child with special needs will have access to a world that was once closed off to them. Carrington receives the utmost of medical care from each and every nurse, doctor, and care provider she encounters. She has come leaps and bounds with her physical therapy thanks to Miss Vicki. Love seems to just smother her with every person she encounters. One day she will be able to have a job of her own and perhaps a place of her own. Educational opportunities are abounding for my little princess and her siblings. This is her new life. Thank you Jesus for her new life because that was not the case in her old life nor is it the case for those 99 Left Behind. Often when one advocates for an orphan to find a family it is directed towards the adults (supposedly we are the ones with the money) but what I am seeing more and more of is young teenagers and children who are advocating for these orphans. I see children who will not allow others to make fun of or pick on a child who has been specially created by God. I see young teenagers who raise money for orphans by making things such as Miss Sarah B. who so graciously made our girls their scarves and hats. She is only 13 years of age yet her heart is that of the greatest of hearts. Not once does this young lady put herself first but rather she has created a blog where she advocates for orphans and even fund raises for them. And most recently I was introduced to a young man who is shouting out for those who who cannot speak for themselves. This young man's name is Caleb L. and he has created a video about orphans for a family who is adopting a handsome little fella named Ethan. And there is my own beautiful daughter, Madelaine Grace, who has the most tender of hearts for these orphans that it makes my heart cry to see just how she loves on them and opens her heart and arms to these precious angels. Madelaine played a huge part in helping make the weighted lap blankets we sold for Project T.L.C. and is always thinking of ways she can help more. Many assume that Madelaine is burdened with having 5 siblings with special needs but in fact it is quite the opposite and she said so herself. These young teenagers and so many others out there are the change I have hoped to see. They are not only our future but they are the future for the children who are locked away in places that we would not even consider putting a dog. It is to these individuals that I give my applause to and to whom God is shining down His light. We cannot overlook the younger generation no matter how young they are because they, one day, will be the ones who will carry on the journey God has sent us all on.