Callum’s Prayer (Prayer for An Autistic Child)

Lord, I know that all autistic children are Your children and that You love them all equally.  But I have only this autistic child, and I confess to loving him most of all.  I want so many blessings for this child.  Thank You for this gift of his life.  For, though he was not the child I imagined, he is the child I cannot imagine having never had.  Please, as he grows, guide him toward:

Faith – because hope is as necessary to the soul as water to the body.

Confidence – in his abilities and worth, in order to convey them to others who might not see them immediately.

Courage – to face fear, to live despite losses, and most importantly – to try.

Curiosity – about himself, others, and the sometimes confusing world around him, for that is how he will learn.

Patience – for others who may have trouble understanding his needs.

Calm – when the chaos of the world threatens to overwhelm.

Resolve – to stand up for himself and those needs, even when backing down seems easier.

Prudence – to know when to seek help and advice from others.

Interests – that he he can both immerse himself in and that can offer him an opportunity to contribute to his world.

Friends – who will love him as he his, enjoy his eccentricities, and be there in his need.

Wisdom – to understand that none of these–none of them— are the result of luck or birth, but of his own choices.

Please, Lord, when I cannot be there, send Your angels to keep my child from harm, and guide him always closer to the peace and love and light that is You.

Amen.

24 thoughts on “Callum’s Prayer (Prayer for An Autistic Child)

  1. Alienhippy

    I love this post, your little boy is beautiful.
    I’m an adult Aspie I am also dyslexic.
    I have 2 children on the spectrum, a boy and a girl.
    My faith as a Christian has helped me to see the blessings in Autism not just the challenges. My Dad was only diagnosed 5 years ago at the age of 64.
    I’m glad I found your blog.
    Love and hugs. xx :)

    1. Profile photo of FlappinessIsFlappinessIs Post author

      Thank you so much for reading and sharing. I especially look forward to connecting to people ON the spectrum and not just affected by ASD. I agree with many that people on the spectrum tend to get left out of dialogue on the subject. And who better to have perspective on it? I have no doubt that your differences are helping your children to better understand their place in the world. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you again. :)

      1. Alienhippy

        Thank you,
        I love blogging because I meet so many people who are interested in what it is like growing up with difficulties. Love and acceptance makes all the difference for those of us who have felt rejection/isolation for the most part of our lives.
        I have a wonderful friend who helps me see that I am Wonderfully Wired she has 2 children diagnosed on the spectrum too.
        I don’t read too many blogs as I am such a slow reader, but I comment on all the posts I manage to read to the end. I read your post “An Apology From Your Child’s Former Teacher” and loved that one too.
        The teachers tend not to listen to adults on the spectrum either. I think they think our kids are learning behaviours from us.
        Oh well…life goes on and God has got it covered.
        Lovely to meet you. Lisa. xx :)

    1. Profile photo of FlappinessIsFlappinessIs Post author

      Thank you. I’m looking forward to checking out all the blogs suggested to me by my readers this weekend. I want to add them to my Blog Roll, but I’ve been so busy replying to comments! Do not, under any circumstances, interpret this as complaining. A wannabe blogger’s dream, to be sure…

      1. Alienhippy

        My lovely friend Fi is being very kind. Here blog is a must read, she is so very real, open and honest. I am SO Aspie she is the one who helps me to see what is Aspie and what is not about me. My WHOLE family is on the spectrum so “normal” to me is only understood by who my Mom was. She’s not here to ask any longer. Fi’s friendship and my relationship with God have helped me to not hide who I am, I have been doing this far too long. My blog is a place where I can be me and find who I am again.
        She is such a Wonderfully Wired friend though, I love her to bits. xx :)

  2. Tara Patterson-Garner

    I love your blog! I am the mother of two children on the spectrum an 11year old ADHD/ aspie/ dyslexic a 3 year old with autism. It is a daily adventure in understanding, advocating, researching and teaching my autistics their typical sisters teachers friends family. I often feel like I’m in a sinkhole shoveling sand while its filing in behind me.Keep up the good work!

  3. Audrey

    I’m just now finding your blog and am relating with every post. I have tears streaming down my cheeks reading this. You are writing my words! Bless you, Callum, and the rest of your family (Bronwyn, too!) in this journey you are on.

  4. Melissa

    Beautiful. Made me cry because I have a son with autism too. I want the same things and really feel the same way. Thank you for sharing that!

  5. Wendy Dyck

    I love this prayer! Beautiful! Though I am a Pagan, this prayer still works! I am a single mom of a beautiful 11 year old daughter who is a high functioning autistic. I just found this site yesterday and I love it! Thank you!

  6. Carla

    Hi! I just stumbled onto your blog and read this. It made me tear up. I am a 19 year old with a 17 year old autistic brother, who is non-verbal, and I love him so much. I also work with autistic kids at a summer/weekend camp as their counselor. I loved your prayer!

  7. Amy

    Thank you so much! This is absolutely beautiful and just what I needed to see! Thank you for your blog, I have enjoyed reading it all! Your words are exactly how I feel and believe about my 5 year old twins with autism! I wish I could express my self as you do! You have such a way with words!

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