Here are the thoughts of our bloggers on what the Church can do to help families with hidden disabilities. I couldn’t decide between some of them so there are more than one for some letters. Add your thoughts also. This will be fun to build.
Affirm the positive.
Babysit so the parents can have a break.
Call to encourage.
Dare to believe God. Defend them to others. Don’t compartmentalize the “spiritual” and “neurological.”
Forgive when a person with a disability causes you pain or discomfort. Fellowship with them.
Grieve with them.
Invest time. Initiate conversation.
Join them in the pew.
Keep an open mind.
Love on them. Laugh with them.
Make a meal (check for food sensitivities.)
Never simplify the complex.
Open your eyes to see as God sees. Offer sibling support groups.
Quicken your heart to kindness. Quick to listen.
Respect a journey you do not walk. Research common hidden disabilities.
Tolerate atypical behaviors. Tell them they are doing a good job. Tell their child he is loved.
Understand how little you understand.
Volunteer your services (accounting, handy man, car repair.)
Withhold judgment. Wrap an arm around a shoulder.
eXpect setbacks as well as victories. eXamine your expectations.
Yield up your expectations of “normal.”
Zip your lip of gossip and critical speech.