My friend, Martin Elfert, has a weekly spiritual advice column over at Spokane Faith and Values. His recent advice-seeker was a father of a special needs child, and Martin asked me to guest-blog. Justin and I are juggling an attention-seeking Fiona and a nursing-challenged newborn Petra, but I was compelled by this father’s letter. The father writes:
Ever since I had a child with special needs, I’ve had difficulty accepting it. I do feel, however, that I’ve reached a place of peace in living with a dilemma that has no solution, a problem that cannot be fixed. But I’ve retreated into myself because it’s too difficult to open up with others, either family or friends…. Opening up to God brings comfort, as does knowing God is with me. So why do I still feel so alone?
So in between nursing and baby-bouncing and napping and nursing, and often while holding the littlest Lanier, I chewed on and replied to the father’s letter. You can read the reply here. I hope the dad and other parents find some use in these words.
Onward! (And yes, I’m totally pumping milk while I upload this blog post.)