Heaven’s Very Special Child

First, let me say that I am NOT a daily reader of Dear Abby.  Not that there would be anything wrong with being a daily reader.  To be sure, the woman shares lots of knowledge and wisdom each day to lots of loyal readers.  I’m just not one of them usually.

But I happened to see her headline in today’s paper and stopped to read it.  It is a poem.  It is a very sweet poem.  It’s a poem about a little girl with special needs and about the care that the angels and God take to place that little girl in just the right home with just the right parents.

As I share this poem today, I would like to broaden it to include the other people who are a part of the little girl’s life — of MY little girl’s life.  Surely the other roles are of upmost importance!  Don’t underestimate YOUR role in the life of a special child– teacher, friend, uncle, aunt, cousin, neighbor, therapist, bus driver, church nursery worker, nurse, doctor, mentor, grandma, grandpa.  This poem is really for all of you!

“Heaven’s Very Special Child”

by Edna Massimilla  (mother of a daughter with Ds)

A meeting was held quite far from Earth.

It was time again for another birth.

Said the Angels to the Lord above —

“This child will need much love.

Her progress may be very slow,

Accomplishment she may not show.

And she’ll require extra care

From the folks she meets down there.

She may not run or laugh or play,

Her thoughts may seem quite far away.

So many times she will be labeled

‘different,’  ‘helpless,’  and ‘disabled.’

So let’s be careful where she’s sent.

We want her life to be content.

Please, Lord, find the parents who

Will do a special job for you.

They will not realize right away

The leading role they are asked to play.

But with this child sent from above

Comes stronger faith, and richer love.

And soon they’ll know the privilege given

In caring for their gift from heaven.

Their precious charge, so meek and mild

Is heaven’s very special child.”

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