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In the February issue of Simple Grace, Tahni Cullen shares the amazing story of how her autistic son Josiah—unable to speak verbally—started writing amazing messages of God's love:
Just after finding out that her son may never be able to speak, Tahni attended an autism conference, trying to find comfort and rekindle hope—but it had the opposite effect. “The speaker talked about teens with nonverbal autism, saying the goal was to help them find jobs like crushing cans or shredding paper,” she recalls. “I was devastated and thought, That’s all we can hope for?” Tahni left the auditorium in tears and anger burned inside her. “I wanted to shout at God, ‘You promised Your children a future and hope! I’m going to hold You to that!’”
Shortly after the conference, Tahni discovered a program that involved Josiah learning to spell by typing letters on an iPad. After a year of barely getting him to type a single word, Tahni read Josiah a story about Jesus healing a blind man. She asked Josiah, “Did Jesus p-l-a-y with the blind man or h-e-a-l the blind man?” To Tahni’s surprise, her son typed a string of letters: “godisagoodgiftgiver.” This can’t be happening, she thought. “These weren’t phrases Joe or I’d ever used. How could a 6-year-old who’d never spelled a word in his life type that?”
To find out more about Josiah's amazing story, check out the current issue of Simple Grace and pick up the fantastic book Josiah's Fire. For more stories like this, like Simple Grace on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.