So, there’s this girl…
My daughter holds her hand. The same daughter who keeps me at arms length because Autism makes snuggles just too hard. She gives her hugs. She seeks her out and, in her presence, is drenched in joy.
There’s this girl who calls my daughter in the middle of a meltdown to tell her that she loves her. A girl who steps into the storm. Unafraid and willing to listen. All the while, never truly knowing her impact on our hearts.
There’s this girl who lives out Romans 12:9 in the flesh…
“Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them.”
She looks past my daughter’s diagnosis. She sees her heart. She looks within and gives my little girl the one thing she needs most. The one thing we all need:
Love marked by grace.
Love in the shadows. Love in the light. Love when it’s easy and love when it’s hard. Love that casts aside all fear and dives right in. Love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).
There are two kinds of people in my daughter’s life. Those who love her when she’s sunshine and giggles, and those who love her when she’s thunder and desperation.
There’s this girl…she is both.
For that, I’m eternally grateful.