God is Great by Karen Jackson
Being the mom of a child with autism can have its challenges, to be sure, but I am constantly amazed by the wonderful blessings and lessons learned from my very special daughter.
For the last 10 years or so, each night we are able to sit at dinner together, our family of five; my husband Scott, sons Joseph and Jacob and daughter Samantha say a very common blessing over the food. We started this so that our children would be able to independently lead the blessing when they were young and it has since stuck around, even though our children are now 15, 13 and 8 years old respectively. The short familiar prayer goes like this:
“God is great; God is good, let us thank Him for our food. Amen.”
Our daughter Samantha, the one that is 13 years old and has autism, started to say parts of the prayer a few years ago. Even though she can say some words individually, she does not usually speak more than one or two words at a time and certainly is not conversational. But like many children on the spectrum, if she hears something enough, she will begin to repeat it. So when a few years ago, Samantha began to clearly pronounce, “A…men” we were thrilled. Then came some of the other words and before long she could say a good part of the prayer.