Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Beatitudes for Friends of Exceptional Children

Blessed are you who take time to listen to difficult speech:
For you help us to know that if we persevere,
We can be understood.

Blessed are you who walk with us in public places,
And ignore the stares of strangers,
For in your companionship,
We find havens of peace.

Blessed are you who never bid us to "hurry up",
And more blessed are you
Who do not snatch tasks from our hands to do them for us,
For often we need time rather than help.

Blessed are you who stand beside us
As we enter new and untried ventures,
For our failures will be outweighed
By the times we surprise ourselves and you.

Blessed are you who ask for our help,
For our greatest need is to be needed.

Blessed are you when you assure us,
That the one thing that makes us individuals
Is not in our peculiar muscles,
Nor in our wounded nervous systems,
Nor in our difficulties in learning,
Nor any exterior difference.
But is in our inner, personal, individual self
Which no affirmity can diminish or erase.

Author Unknown

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  1. I am new at this but wanted to say your site has so much wonderful information. My first 5 years of teaching was with severely cognitively impaired young adults. I would have given any thing for this site back in the 1980’s
    Your Beatitudes for Friends of Exceptional Children is very touching. It brought back many beautiful memories and I really enjoyed all of your very informational links.

  2. I really liked your Beatitudes for Friends of Exceptional Children--very moving. Your site has lots of interesting information.

  3. Fabulous! I would love to repost this on my blog, if that is okay.

    I love your blog so much! But it takes forever for my computer to load so I can only visit occasionally :(

  4. This was beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this.


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