Saturday, April 3, 2010

Harmony or a Gong Show? Autism Awareness Month-day 3

Beautiful isn't it with a gentle breeze off the lake?

Lately, I am noticing our family is like a windchime. Maybe yours is too; a set of individuals closely interacting as a matter of course, striking each other by design, resonating effortlessly and unintentionally. We were designed to make music; but many days it sounds like just noise. A perfect plan run amok almost as soon as it began with Adam and Eve in the garden. Before sundown they were konking into each other in dissonant blame and a cacophony of shame.

At this very moment, my gut is painfully aware of the real stress on marriages where autism is a variable. Even when you embrace it as God's purpose, the windchimes can go off more like fragments in a frenzied tornado than this video depicts.

One member of the ensemble's fear plays against another's panic. One chime's anger crashes into another's grief. Sadness collides with confusion nearly severing the ties that hold them all together. It's messy and tangled; far from what the designer composed.

I pray today's verses clinging to the idyllic image in the video as a metaphor for what God alone can restore in any family.

April 3
Parents and Marriages

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves." (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NIV)

"for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power." (Philippians 4:13, TLB)

Pray for the parents of children with autism, that they will have hope and wisdom, and that their marriages be protected.

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