I have mentioned in several of my posts that I have a son who has special needs. If you have a special needs child, Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado is for your family.
Caleb, our special needs son, has had 17 brain surgeries. He has cerebral palsy, seizures, selective mutism, processing problems, and more. His name is Caleb, and he is currently 18 years old. This sweet boy is the glue that sticks our family together. He is always putting his right arm, his left side has Cerebral Palsy, around our necks. He consistently gives us hugs with every move we make. He is incredibly loving and full of joy, hugs, and kisses. Caleb is a man of few words but tells us often with his eyes and his hugs how much he loves us all.
Our family knows that God has a special plan for Caleb just like Max Lucado wrote in The Crippled Lamb. This book is over 18 years old. You can tell our copy is that old with just a glispe of the pages. It has often been read. Every year on Christmas Eve, each member of our family picks out their favorite Christian Children’s Book to read. We usually sit around the fireplace with hot cocoa and take turns reading our books. Now that my kids are all teenagers, we still enjoy this activity. Everyone knows that The Crippled Lamb is my book. I don’t know why I try to read it because usually the tears are flowing so hard no one can understand what I am saying. I get so emotional just thinking that God does have a unique plan for our little crippled lamb. There is a reason he will not graduate from high school, drive a car, get married, have children or grandchildren, etc. God’s plan is perfect. We would have missed out on all the love that God gives us through Caleb if Caleb were not our crippled lamb.
In this great story, it is the night Jesus was born. Because Joshua, The Crippled Lamb, could not keep up with the other lambs, he is the only one left in the barn to keep Jesus warm. It is truly a heart-warming and beautiful story!
If you have not read The Crippled Lamb, please read it with your children, especially if you have a child who has special needs. Max Lucado, thank you from the bottom of my heart for my all time favorite children’s book.
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version – God does have a special plan for all of us, including our special needs children.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future.”