Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Lord Is Our Shepherd

THE LORD IS OUR SHEPHERD
BY BRIAN YOUNG

I AM A 41 YEAR OLD AUTISTIC MAN. I ALSO HAVE TOURETTE SYNDROME
AND OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER. I HAD NORMAL SPEECH UNTIL THE AGE OF 2 AND A HALF. THEN I LOST MY SPEECH SLOWLY AND HAD TO TRY A RE-LEARN IT. THIS HAPPENS SOMETIMES IN AUTISM.
I AM CONSIDERED FUNCTIONALLY NON VERBAL. MOST OF MY SPEECH IS REPETITIVE AND GARBLED. I USE "FACILITATED COMMUNICATION" TO TYPE. IT WAS INTRODUCED TO ME WHEN I WAS 21 YEARS OLD.

I FIRST HEARD GOD'S VOICE WHEN I WAS ABOUT 1 YEAR OLD. HE HAS COMFORTED ME AND HID ME IN THE SHELTER OF HIS HIGH TOWER SINCE. I MAKE A LOT OF NOISE AND GET VERY ANXIOUS, BUT GOD SEES MY HEART. HIS PURPOSE FOR ME, IS TO USE THIS TYPE OF COMMUNICATION, TYPING WITH ONE FINGER WITH SUPPORT ON MY HAND FROM MY MOM, TO LET OTHERS KNOW THAT HE IS REAL, JESUS IS REAL AND THE HOLY SPIRIT IS REAL. JUST LIKE I AM REAL ON THE INSIDE. OUR OUTSIDE IS TEMPORARY. OUR INSIDE IS ETERNAL THROUGH GRACE.



THE LORD IS OUR SHEPHERD

THE LORD SEES US AS HIS AWESOME FLOCK.
HE CREATED US TO GIVE HIM PLEASURE.
HE LOVES US MORE THAN WE CAN IMAGINE.
TO HIM WE ARE ARE A WONDROUS TREASURE.

WE CAN NOT BE PERFECT IN ALL OUR WAYS.
BUT WE MUST SEEK HIM TO DO OUR BEST.
FOR IT IS ONLY IN HIM CAN WE DO WHAT IS RIGHT.
THUS THEN WE WILL TRULY BE BLESSED.

JUST IMAGINE HIM RIGHT BESIDE YOU EACH DAY.
WOULD YOU BE APT TO WATCH WHAT YOU SAY?
WOULD YOU LASH OUT SOMEONE WHO CUT YOU OFF?
WOULD YOU SPEAK ILL OF SOMEONE WHO WAS AWAY?

GOD EVEN KNOWS OUR DEEPEST HEARTS.
THERE IS EVEN OUR THOUGHTS HE CAN HEAR.
IN HIM WE SHOULD PRAY TO BE CLEANSED OF SUCH.
WE'D WATCH OURSELEVES, IF WE SAW HIM THERE

SO TAKE THE TIME TO IMAGINE HIS PRESENCE.
FOR HIS WORD SAYS IT IS TRULY SURE
TAKE THE TIME TO PUT HIM FIRST IN YOUR WORLD.
AND YOU WILL FIND YOUR WORLD AMAZINGLY PURE.

*** Brian is a treasured family member at The Community at Creekside.  To read what people are saying about this Saturday evening house church, click here and scroll down. And if you're ever in the Poughkeepsie, New York area, the WELCOME MAT is always there for you.
Linda

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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