Manifest in Them
Just like in the story of the Prodigal Son, there are various vantage points we can take when examining the story. Most often we consider the return of the prodigal and its instruction on forgiveness and acceptance. We can also consider the other son who had not wandered or squandered. Elder Holland reminded us once that the parable was about two children, "both of whom were lost." Considering this idea, we learn never to place ourselves above another simply because, as President Uchtdorf taught, they've sinned differently than we do. Lastly, though this brief paragraph is in no way all-inclusive of the doctrines to be found in the parable, we can consider the parent. Certainly a lot of our time might be spent on our children who need a bit more attention and concern, but we must never neglect that ALL of our children want, need, and deserve our instruction, admiration, love, and affection, and not just through distant visual examples, but in individual interactions and personal expressions.
That being said, I recently came across an article (copied below) about the siblings of special needs children. As I read the article I couldn't help but recognize that each of my own children (Michael, Kylie, MoKo, and Baby) could be substituted into the article and it would not change one principle, and yes, MoKo, even has her own "Ethan Test."
I recognize that their life has not always been easy in a special needs home - I've documented a few of their more onerous adventures with Ethan - but they have come to understand and live principles of Christian charity and selflessness of which I am still struggling to understand and develop; they make me proud!
So, kids, I'll tell you later today, when I see you in person, but let me tell the world (or at least those few people who actually read this blog) how grateful and proud of you I am. Thank you, Michael, Kylie, MoKo, and Emma for all that you do in service to Ethan and for your virtuous example, certainly the works of God are made manifest in you,
I Love you first!!