The Miracle of Autism

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Dearest Mommies and Daddies,

In lieu of the recent events of family health concerns with my mother who has stage four Cancer, my father who has heart disease, issues of my own and now my little Kaylee who has strep throat, I wanted to discuss a little thing called miracles.

What is a miracle to you? Well to me, a miracle is a glorious event that is beyond human comprehension and scientific explanation, orchestrated and bestowed to us, directly from God, don’t you? Evidently, miracles are from a divine cause and outside, according to Lewis, the natural law but truly consistent with nature. How wonderful! I could not have put it more beautifully!

I know, I know. I have been referencing Lewis a lot lately but C.S. Lewis happens to be one of my favorite authors and I think it wouldn’t hurt, if more and more people knew about his life, his work and everything he believed.

C.S. Lewis wrote a book called, “Miracles: A Preliminary Study“. It is by far one of the most definitive books I have ever read on the subject of miracles. So how does this tie into tonight’s post? I believe the defect of Autism, ignorantly proclaimed by society and scientists as such, is not at all a defect but yes, a MIRACLE!

C.S. Lewis states in his book the following:

Solution for scientific studies and their misconception of  Autism and the family–(my belief and how it I think it could be applied by Lewis)

1. “In Science we have been reading only the notes to a poem; in Christianity we find the poem itself.”

Regarding society and their perception of something such as Autism–(my belief and how I think it could be applied by Lewis)

2. “For this reason, the question whether miracles occur can never be answered simply by experience. Every event which might claim to be a miracle is, in the last resort, something presented to our senses, something seen, heard, touched, smelled or tasted. And our senses are not infallible. If anything extraordinary seems to have happened, we can always say that we have been the victims of an illusion. If we hold a philosophy which excludes the supernatural, this is what we always shall say. What we learn from experience depends on the kind of philosophy we bring to experience. It is therefore useless to appeal to experience before we have settled, as well as we can, the philosophical question.”

Next, this quote might be regarding God and His solution for those who do not see Autism as the gift that it is and for the increase of Gods love–( my belief and how I think it could be applied by Lewis)

3. “He is not the soul of Nature, nor any part of Nature. He inhabits eternity: He dwells in a high and holy place: heaven is His throne, not his vehicle, earth is his footstool, not his vesture. One day he will dismantle both and make a new heaven and earth. He is not to be identified even with the ‘divine spark’ in man. He is ‘God and not man.”

And last, Lewis moght be precluding to Discovering truth about Autism as a miracle and not a punishment or impediment–(my belief and how I think it could be applied by Lewis)

4. “Nothing can seem extraordinary until you have discovered what is ordinary. Belief in miracles, far from depending on an ignorance of the laws of nature, is only possible in so far as those laws are known.”

So there you have it, my fellow parents. I have found four clear quotes, written by a great man, about the greatest thing God has given to us through our children and that is AUTISM.

In the first quote, I believe Lewis touches on something very unique about miracles, i.e. Autism. Scientifically proclaimed and understood, Autism, without Christianity and the true Love that is granted to us by God, can never wholly be understood or appreciated. Through the realm of Christianity and a righteous undertaking of a loving approach to our children, Autism is seen as a MIRACLE!

In the second quote, Lewis tells us that we cannot be properly disposed to the idea of a miracle, if we do not open ourselves up to or try to understand, the philosophical question, rather than just completely relying on what society teaches us and what our senses make knows for us. Without a deeper understanding of a miracle through the philosophical question or idea, how can we understand that Autism, is within our own experience and our own limited understanding and not see it as what it truly is and that is a MIRACLE!

In the third quote, God is the beginning and the end and we can do and have nothing without Him. Without a close relationship with God on an interpersonal and deeper level, Autism will only be seen as something to survive and something to resent and definitely no where near something miraculous. Through God, as the end and the beginning, Autism is not a god nor is it God Himself, but it is part of fallen nature of mankind and can find God through it. Lo and behold once again, Autism is a MIRACLE!

And fourth, if we observe Autism ordinarily, we can surely see it as extraordinary! We must obey and educate ourselves on the laws of nature and it is only then, according to Lewis, the pathway to understanding the exclusive truth about Autism as nothing but a MIRACLE!

Enlighten your minds and your parenting duties with the ideas and beliefs of the great C.S. Lewis. He truly touches on the definitive truth about miracles and has given me a glorious way to view Autism, yet again. We can always find inspiration in anything we choose to read, in some way, shape or form. Reading great works like “Miracles: A Preliminary Study” by C.S. Lewis, has surely opened up my mind and soul to a newer and greater understanding of Autism as nothing but a MIRACLE! I hope you have too!

God Bless!

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