In Their Own Words – My Prayer
This “In Their Own Words” is by Karen Weaver. Karen is the mother of three sons, two of which have Asperger Syndrome. To read more visit her blog, “Confessions of an Asperger’s Mom.”
I am throwing my hands up to this thing called Aspergers today. I don’t know what else to do but pray for my children, especially my 15 year-old son Red.
Today I am praying for his mind to be opened to new possibilities.
I am praying for love, acceptance and understanding from his peers.
I am praying for the day when he will find a special friends or group of friends who will be there for him and accept him just as he is. I know they’re out there.
I am praying that he will listen and hear when others are trying to help him -that he won’t be so locked into his own thought process that he can’t let new insights seep through and actually help him to change his life for the better. I realize that I can not do this for him, as much as I want to. He has to do this for himself.
I am praying for guidance to advocate for him, to put the right supports in place for him, to parent him in the most loving and honorable way.
I pray for PATIENCE. I need a large dose of that.
I pray that those who are employed to support him will do their jobs to the best of their ability, that they will not let him fall through the cracks. That they will see the possibilities in him. That they will assist me in teaching him self-responsibility and that they will do so in a loving way.
I pray that he will not give in to depression and self-loathing.
I pray that he will make it through this day, this week, this year having grown, learned and matured. That he will head into his future being everything that he can be.
I pray that he will grow up to be a positive contribution to society -that he will be confident and able to take care of himself and be a responsible adult.
I hope you will pray with me. If you don’t believe in prayer -that you will meditate and send positive thoughts our way.
I have a tall order here -and we need all the help we can get.
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