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’ve recently talked with two people who have been called into vocational ministry. The first is a very well read man. He has served as a chaplain in the armed services and pastor of a church, and academics are huge to him – degrees are all over his résumé. When we talked, he had powerful and right answers and was grounded in truth, but I asked him a question that I think took him by surprise. I said, “How do you feel God?” Continue