When it comes to being parents of children with disabilities, there is a connection that goes deep. Even if we have never met or our circumstances are different, there is a commonality and emotional bond. I found this recently with a book by Greg Lucas titled Wrestling With an Angel.
Although we are both dads with child(ren) with autism, there are differences. His son has other disabilities as well and he lives at home while my children live in a group home. Still, his story resonated with me and it poked at emotions I have kept buried.
I love the title of this book. In the Old Testament, Jacob wrestles with an angel and walks away with a limp. It is one of the most important moments in the Old Testament. For Greg, wrestling with an angel is an everyday occurrence. He has to physically force his son to have his diaper changed and to have a bath.
What I enjoyed about this book is that it is filled with the reality of life with a disabled child. Greg shares the sorrow and the unexpected blessings. But it is more than that. It is a theological reflection of where God is in such moments.
Reading this book was a blessing to my life. Our situations may be different, but we share the experience of wrestling with angels.