(a conversation with his friend Christine)
Christine: I like that you are happy, i am curious what makes you happy?
Peter: to hope in a better future.
Christine: What would you like to see in the future, so it can be better?
Peter: i want to geyt rid of the ocd. i alson want to learn how God can do thhhings in my life.
Christina: How has God’s love helped you be at peace and have hope in the past?
Peter:i remembder saying bymy self that i would never have communication but i prayed to God and he introduced me to typing.
Christina: I am happy that God is able to listen to your prayers and give you the gift of communication through typing.
the glorybelonggs to lord not me.
Christina: I am beyond happy and truly able to see how God and your faith has been able to give you peace and hope.
We are deeply grateful to the Lord for his many blessings, especially the miracle of typing for Peter. The love and mercy of God is our hope and confidence. In the words of Mother Teresa:
“Give yourself fully to God, who will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in God’s love than in your weakness. If we really fully belong to God, then we must be at his disposal and trust in him. We must never be preoccupied with the future. There is no reason to be so. God is there.
We impatiently await God’s paradise, but we have in our hands the power to be in paradise right here and now. Being happy with God means this: to love as he loves, to help as he helps, to give as he gives, to serve as he serves… Let no one glory in their success but refer all to God in deepest thankfulness; on the other hand, no failure should dishearten them as long as they have done their best. God sees only our love. God will not ask how many books we have read, how many miracles we have worked, but whether we have done our best for the love of him.”
Thank goodness that nothing is too little for you Lord, as that is all most of us have to offer. As Mother Teresa said, “Never think that a small action done to your neighbor is not worth much. It is not how much we do that is pleasing to God, but how much love we put into the doing.” Help us to see Christ passing by in all our daily encounters, that we might make every moment count for the good. May we live as St. Paul puts it, “praying without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17).
Helping our children contend with autism certainly gives us plenty of opportunities to grow and to pray! May you have a blessed New Year, friends, as we travel down this challenging road together!