To say that Kevin’s First Communion on Thanksgiving day was very special doesn’t even begin to describe this blessed day for Kevin and our family. We could feel the love of everyone that was with us at the Mass, everyone that was with us in spirit, and most of all the love of Jesus’ presence with Kevin and all of us. We are especially grateful to Father Jim for approaching us about Kevin making his First Communion, for his compassion and understanding, and for making this day with all who participated and celebrated in the Mass (3 Priests and the Choir!) so personable and memorable to us. Our out of town family was so impressed with our IHM family and how you embrace Kevin and make us feel loved and accepted as a full member of our church. Kevin has the title “special needs” associated with him, meaning “different from what is usual” but our family and friends make him feel special as in “greater or better”. Kevin’s special needs require us to adapt our life and sometimes it feels as if we miss out on “normal” life experiences but here at IHM and especially for Kevin’s First Communion the people of IHM show their love of Jesus by surrounding our family with so much love and support that “my cup runneth over”. It was very meaningful to us to see so many who have been a part of Kevin’s journey celebrate this day with us. Some of you prayed for Kevin, many of you came to our home to help with Kevin’s program, some of you still come to help with Kevin’s home program, some of you helped prepare food for Kevin, some of you built crazy devices to help with Kevin’s healing, some of you helped us financially on Kevin’s healing journey, some of you made Christmas time extra special for us, some of you walked in our door exactly when we needed you, some of you are new friends that will share the next stage of our journey, and some of you only know us from sitting in the front pew. We thank you all for showing us so much kindness over Kevin’s 11 years and for always supporting us with your love and prayers of hope. God has always provided for our family by surrounding us with faith filled friends and family.
I wanted to add a few more things I didn’t mention above.
The Gospel reading for Thanksgiving day was from the Book of Luke when Mary visits Elizabeth and Mary’s Psalm of Praise, the Magnificat. The theme of joy and praise were very appropriate on this blessed day.
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior for he has looked upon his lowly servant.”