Thursday, December 9, 2010

No Mistakes

I attended a Christmas brunch at the new respite house outside of Washington DC. The new respite house was filled with important women in VA, mostly from Northern VA. The VA Governor's wife, the former governor's wife, local delegates, Ken Star's wife, donors, Brenda Solomon (the co-founder), the list goes on... All of these women came together to make this respite house come to fruition (the first of its kind in the U.S.) and continue to support it.

A house to serve families with special needs children. Several woman spoke. Each spoke about the families that would use the facility, the children that would find activities, support and love just for them.

One woman, who has been a contributor in many ways, spoke about the children that would be walking in and out the doors of the facility; how the world could see them as damaged, broken. Then she said, "God does not make mistakes. These children are not mistakes." I listened with a lump in my throat and eyes heavy with tears, trying to not have them come rolling out.

God does not make mistakes. Having a child that seems so damaged and oh so many things about his body seem broken but he, and children like him, has taught us more about love, patience, grace...than I could ever fully express. Despite the pain that his body feels each and every day with seizures, vomiting and who knows what else, he cuddles, attempts to interact with those around him and gives us such joy.

God knows what He is doing and does not make mistakes.


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Shannon said...

I so wish I could have attended with you. I can't wait to hear all about. Sounds like a powerful event.

Courtney said...

this is a lesson i myself have been learning this year - on my own journey. He doesn't make mistakes. His plan is perfect (even if it doesn't look/seem like it.)

April said...

beautifully said.

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

Amen! Beautifully said!