To be honest though, a bunch of emotions come to the surface when I see something like this. Quite honestly jealousy, frustration, longing, hope, faith, hopelessness, doubt...it all blends together. I have prayed for Adam, but have I not prayed right? Is he not meant to be "healed", or have we just not prayed enough for his healing to occur? To go back a few steps, what am I asking him to be healed of, and is that really something I should be asking? Is Autism really a "prison", to use this mom's words in the Facebook article, or is it just another aspect of the human condition that can and does reflect God's face? Is Autism an affliction to be rid of, or part of who Adam was and is meant to be?
While I don't necessarily have any answers, I do think that committing to pray for our children and their particular "afflictions" or "prisons" is meaningful, and I will do it. I will also be sure to relate any healing here. Actually, speaking of healing and with regard to a former post (see Bowen Clinic), Adam had his first visit to an alternative therapy here in Aberdeen called the Bowen Clinic, at which visit the woman asked what specific issues Adam has. I related that he is often congested and it's his right nostril that usually runs constantly when he has a cold. She pressed her thumb to his face on the right side a few times (and only a few as Adam did the duck and dodge manoeuvre), but ever since then his nose has been clear. And I'm not kidding--not once has he had the same discharge from that nostril, not since that day. So where does that fit in with the healing and prayer discussion? I can't say, but I'll have to come back to it another time.