This sweet little guy is my friend Melissa Tagg’s adorable nephew. He’s a well-known extended family member to the MBT Ponderers, which is a writing support/prayer group that Melissa and I are in together.
Despite his special abilities & challenging health issues, he has brought a lot of joy and delight to his family… and those of us who never tire of Aunt Melissa’s Ollie stories and YouTube videos.
Fifteen years ago, my niece was born prematurely due to prenatal complications and special abilities. Through the years Lilly has taught our family what being special truly means. She ministers to people with her unconditional love and ability to encourage others. Her sweetness hasn’t been soured by the cynicism of life. I simply can’t imagine not having her in our lives. Naturally we’d prefer she didn’t have the physical and medical issues that limit her. God knew what He was doing when He gave her the parents she has. They are her voices when she can’t speak for herself.
Writers yearn for their voices to be heard. Imagine if no one could hear us? Then what? Wouldn’t we want someone to speak up for us?
These are just three children of thousands upon thousands whose voices can easily be drowned out. Our words and our actions need to be their loudspeakers. If we partner with our friends who have special abilities, then we can be their voice and advocate on their behalf. And the smallest voices can have the greatest impact. After all, God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
Your Turn: Has your life been blessed by a child or adult with special abilities? How can you help be a voice?