One Special Boy

Written by M. Larson

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When my husband was the pastor of a country church, we cooperated with a couple in our church who headed the youth work. Periodically they would host a social at their farm for children or teenagers. My husband and I would go far and wide picking-up children to give them a ride to the event.

One fall evening the social included a hayride under a harvest moon, followed by delicious, home made refreshments.  I brought a devotional talk. A 13-year-old wheelchair-bound boy with muscular dystrophy was there that night, along with some of his sisters.  His name was Daniel.

Although he and his family didn’t attend our church, or any other, our women’s missionary group had brought Daniel’s family box of gifts and goodies a month before. I had tucked in a Gospel of John.

Daniel listened attentively to my message, which included the story of Jesus and His great salvation. When I said that anyone could come to Jesus and receive Him as Savior, Daniel interrupted–“Please, Mrs. Larson, can I receive Him right now?”

I never stand on ceremony. I stopped right there, spoke further to Daniel, and then led him in a prayer to receive Jesus. When he lifted his head, his face was radiant.

A month later Daniel went to be with his Savior; and his parents and six sisters started attending our church.

Reaching special children and their families.

It’s sad but true that many parents may drop out of church when they have a special child like Daniel who requires their attention and may be bound by a wheelchair. In fact, Daniel’s parents had once been missionaries.  But they had not only dropped out in that area, but had stopped attending church entirely.

When our women’s missionary group lovingly brought that family that box of gifts and goodies (and the Gospel of John), it may have been the beginning toward God’s drawing them back to Himself.

All people are special to God.

The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV). It says in 2 Peter 3:9 that “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone come to repentance.” Concerning Jesus Christ, Acts 4:12 declares, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under haven by which we must be saved.”

Questions: What are we doing to reach others for Christ? Why not ask the Lord what He wants you to do?

About the Author Muriel Larson

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2 Responses to “One Special Boy”

  • Linda R says:

    Judy D how exciting to see you on the blog I have truly missed you!!! Muriel thank you for the uplifting devotional and also for the gently reminder to be always available and willing to be used of God! It reminds me of the song we used to sing in church:
    “To Be Used Of God” which goes like this: “To be used of God, to sing, to speak, to pray; to be used of God to show someone the way. I long so much to feel the touch of His consuming fire; to be used of God is my desire.” That daily is my prayer and hearts desire. Hugs, Linda!!!

  • Judy D says:

    Thank you, Dr. Muriel, for today’s devotional. What a blessing to lead Daniel to the Lord. When my husband and I taught 6th grade Sunday school, one of our students was wheelchair bound due to cerebral palsy. She was a delight to teach. She would study and know her scripture verses. Although it was difficult to understand her speech, she knew what it meant. When I think of Sara it brings such joy to my heart and a smile to my face.

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