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Special Needs

The world in which special needs children live today is much different than it was only a generation ago. I can vividly remember stories from my cousin about having a special needs child integrated into his classroom at Heritage Christian School back in the late 1980s. This was a first for Protestant Reformed Special Education […]

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It’s the Heart That Counts

You’ve probably heard the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Due to our human nature, we tend to look at outward appearance instead of focusing on what is on the inside, which is what really matters. Just like a book’s cover, people may look different and have things that they deal with that […]

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Life Inside the Home

  It’s 5:15 in the morning and the wake-up alarms are going off in the bedrooms. Some residents may hit snooze a time or two. Others may get right up and start the day. You may be aware of the routine your family has in the morning, but what about adult foster care homes or […]

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Attitude Toward Other Members

1 Corinthians 12:12–25 Gracious salvation puts the ones being saved into a relationship—a covenant relationship. This relationship is both with the Savior and with all the others saved by the Savior. Scripture often uses the figure of the human body to describe both the relationship that every saved one has with Jesus and the relationship […]

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Note from the Society for Protestant Reformed Special Education: “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Day” at Heritage Christian school quickly becomes one of the favorite school days for students and staff alike. On this special day, volunteers pour into the school to present a particular disability to the students, generating in them a deeper love for […]

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Special Needs Children – Gifts from God

Note from the Society for Protestant Reformed Special Education: In thankfulness to our heavenly Father for his special children he has given to us and knowing as we read in John 1:3 “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”  We believe that all our covenant children […]

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Living With Cerebral Palsy

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.” I remember learning this Psalm for Sunday School merit work as a seven-year-old little girl and its first verse is my favorite text. What a comfort to […]

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I read with interest three Beacon Light articles (June and July 2011) on the subject of the disabled. Two articles by Karen Daling, who now suffers from multiple sclerosis, analyzed her feelings, including the four ways fellow Christians have reacted to her disability: the avoiders, the Pollyanna encouragers, the mourners, and the listeners. One article by Stephanie […]

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Diabetes (2)

In the last issue, we learned about the disease and its impact on life. In this issue, we continue with the symptoms and conclude by looking at this disease in the light of Scripture. Another bad episode was a few years ago. I was in a mad rush to get the kids out the door […]

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Diabetes (1)

When asked again this year if I would be willing to speak to you for the Fearfully and Wonderfully Made program, I must say as I said to last year’s class: I can write about almost anything you throw at me, but speak? A completely different story! So please bear with me as my nose […]

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God is Good…All the Time (1)

At Heritage Christian School of Hudsonville, Michigan, we have been privileged on one school day in each of the past two years to study various disabilities and conditions which affect many of God’s children. It is our hope that as the students move on in class levels from year to year, they will also continue […]

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Remember your Fellow Saints with Special Needs

During this season of year, many young people have the opportunity to show their love and compassion to those with special needs. Several young people’s societies set aside one night during this time of the year to go caroling. They visit the aged and those who have special needs. Last year, at the beginning of […]

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Fourth Floor, Room 113

Writing Contest Winner – 1st place, Age 14, 9th Grade  As I walked into the hospital, all sorts of antiseptic smells assailed me. I scrunched up my nose. I had always hated hospitals. I walked down the hall and waited for the elevator. An intern with a girl in a wheelchair followed me. She was […]

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I Won’t Be Crippled When I See Jesus

“I won’t be crippled when I see Jesus.” These were the words of Everett Payton’s son and these words are also the title of the book that he wrote about his son’s short life.  His son made this remark after hearing his mother sing and play a song which spoke of the perfection God’s people […]

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God’s Children

On September 27, 1984, my wife and I thought we were the parents of a normal infant boy. By the afternoon of the following day, our normal child was gone, gone forever, and we found ourselves the parents of a baby with cerebral palsy. With dizzying and baffling swiftness, our lives were changed, radically, permanently. […]

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Feeble-Mind

“Comfort the feeble-minded”-II Thess. 5:14. This man fell an easy prey to the Giant Slay-good. He was attacked on Assault Lane, and the giant began to pick his pockets with intent, next, to pick his bones. It was Great-heart who rescued him from the giant. Feeble-mind was pale and sickly. He lived in the town […]

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Hobbling to Heaven

It is indeed a serious matter to face life with a handicap which cripples one and impedes his progress and thwarts desires which may be dear to his heart.  And, especially now, as we stand at the threshold of a new year and hear of the promises of better days to come and see the […]

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