It never ceases to amaze me how fast the holidays zip by; usually uneventful. However, the Connecticut tragedy was an event that ended 2012 with great sadness. In addition to the sorrow, many within the Asperger community were also apprehensive as a result of the inaccurate news reports. I must admit that, initially, I was overwhelmed, but when the Autism experts broadcasted the factual statements regarding Asperger Syndrome, my concerns (about possible repercussions) began to allay. It was a huge relief to know the public was informed that premeditated violence and AS are not linked.
As always, I’m hoping for the best- most of us Asperger families have enough bullying issues to deal with regardless of the fact that these types of issues are part and parcel of both AS and Christianity (therefore they’re to be expected). It’s painful and we do not need backlash of any sort.
In the meantime, it would be best that we all continue to lift this up in prayer. And always remember that Jesus is with us. Even through the storms.
With that said, whether one is suffering from persecution or enduring pain as a result of losing a loved one, it’s never easy to cope.
Yet, we must pick ourselves up and keep on going forward. Sure, for some, they’re able to bounce back into the swing of things. But for a lot of people, it’s seemingly impossible. And that’s understandable. Because it is difficult. I know for a fact that if it wasn’t for the Lord, I, personally, wouldn’t be able to stay resilient on my own.
As Christians, we need to depend on God to infuse us with His strength because He’s the one who keeps us strong throughout trials. It’s a challenge, if not impossible, to remain strong without the Lord’s help. And it is through Him, we are able.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
~Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
Looking forward to a great New Year…. I’m praying that we all have a blessed one (and of course, many more to follow)!
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