Our newest InFaith Pictures film looks at life with autism through interviews with parents and caregivers of those affected by the disorder. One in sixty-eight American children is on the autism spectrum, and raising a child on the spectrum is not easy. It takes a lot of patience, kindness, and willingness to let go of the desire to control every nuance of life – qualities and character traits that few (if any) parents possess within themselves apart from Jesus. To image Jesus to a child with autism means relying on the Holy Spirit every day for strength, grace, and love.
I love what it says in Ephesians 4:18-19, talking about the Gentiles: “They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in all kinds of impurities, with a continual lust for more” (NIV 1984).Continue