Biyernes, Hulyo 22, 2011

Clarissa Meets Jesus

Jesus called the children and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."  Luke 18:16

How do we know if our children with special needs know the Lord?  I often wondered how I can teach my daughter Clarissa about God.  Because it is our ultimate responsibility to bring our children to the Lord, they need to hear about "the Good News"--- that Jesus died on the cross for all.

But how can parents teach a child with Down syndrome?  And, in Clarissa's case, a daughter who happens to be severely to profoundly hearing impaired?  Elizabeth George, author of "A Mom after God's own Heart," says we should read to our children the stories about Jesus, His miracles, His teachings, His birth, His death and Resurrection.  I have read Bible stories to Clarissa many times and led her to the prayer of salvation.  Whether she understands these things fully or not, I felt that I need to do this constantly and then leave the result to God.

I also taught Clarissa to pray and to develop the habit.  It started when my husband Claro would always remind us to pray before meals.  Since then, praying before meals has become a habit of hers.  Also, when I get on my knees to pray at night, Clarissa will automatically face me and put her hands together, bow her head and join me in prayer.  At the end of our prayer, she makes the lip action of "Amen."

Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

 If you are not sure if your child has Jesus in her heart, you may lead your child to this simple prayer:

     "Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner and I need you.  Forgive me for sinning against you.  I now surrender my life and open my heart and invite you to come and be my Lord and Savior.  Teach me to follow You and obey You.  Thank you for the gift of eternal life.  Amen.  

How do I know if Clarissa has Jesus in her heart?  When Clarissa started making portraits in acrylic last year (2010), many people were amazed to see that her paintings are somewhat similar to our Lord Jesus Christ.  Could it be that my daughter can see Jesus?  Whether she does or not, I have peace that Jesus lives in her heart.

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