Does God Know What He’s Doing?

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Recently, a friend sent me a URL and a very short email. “Check this one out,” it said. “PLEASE WATCH: R. C. Sproul, Chuck Colson, & Joni Eareckson Tada talk about families & disabilities.”

What Could R.C. Sproul, Chuck Colson, & Joni Eareckson Tada Have in Common?

Since I wondered what those three people have in common, I clicked on When Disability Hits Home and began watching a very compelling video. Joni, who’s been in a wheelchair since a diving accident at age eighteen, narrates the episode. It’s part of her Joni & Friends Television Series. In this show, Sproul and Colson share the stories of their special needs grandchildren.

Does God Know What He’s Doing?

But the episode doesn’t stop with their stories. Colson, a well-known Christian writer, talks about how his grandson’s autism changed them and affected his faith. Sproul, a prominent Christian theologian, shares the answers that have provided comfort and hope as his granddaughter wrestles with a brain disorder.

What Do You Think?

Whether or not you agree with Colson or Sproul, this program is thought-provoking. It doesn’t shy away from the hard questions asked by parents of special needs kids. I encourage you to watch it and see what you think. Then come back and leave a comment for all of us. This could be a lively discussion!

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  1. October 26, 2009    

    God has also blessed us with a grandson who has special needs. Sam has Down syndrome and autism; yet he, too, has helped us grow in understanding and patience and trust. As pro-lifers, our beliefs were challenged but, thankfully, greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. We came forth as gold tried in the fire. To God be the glory, great things He has done.
    I’d be lying to say that things are always easy for our daughter and her husband–and for us as secondary caregivers. But God gives grace in abundance and somehow we emerge stronger from each trial.
    Truly, Sam is made in God’s image. Now we see through a glass darkly but one day we will see clearly!

  2. October 26, 2009    

    This had me in tears all the way through. thank you for posting this inspiring broadcast.

  3. October 26, 2009    

    I’m looking forward to that clear glass, too.

  4. October 26, 2009    

    You’re welcome, Kathleen. Thank you for sending it forward on FaceBook so it can bring hope to more parents.

  5. October 27, 2009    

    This program was so meaningful! Being a parent of a child living with Down Syndrome 30 and more years ago, I am so thankful to our God for the good things that happen now for children that didn’t happen when Jeff was growing up. But, God sent us people to help and to support and to encourage all the way. I’ve written a book about our life with Jeff: “Journey With Jeff;Inspiration for Caregivers of People with Special Needs,” (available on order to let caregivers know they are not alone! My website (see above) includes excerpts, responses from my readers, and encouraging news, such as in this video, for today’s world. I’m on Face Book, as well, and would love to hear from other parents, grandparents, families and friends of children with special needs. Thanks again for sharing this inspiring broadcast!!

  6. October 27, 2009    


    Thank you for sharing your book and website. If you have a child with Down Syndrome, you need to visit Sybil’s blog!

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Jolene Philo is a published author, speaker, wife, and mother of a son with special needs.



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