“Blessings sometimes show up in unrecognizable disguises.” – Janette Oak
This month’s blog comes from a dear friend, Darlene Blade. I’ve had the privilege of sharing the stage with her son, Logan, and seeing first hand some of the lives he’s touched. I’ve asked her to share their family’s story:
I had heard of miracles, and even witnessed some, growing up in a Pentecostal Church. Did not know then that I would be right in the middle of one in my married life. Well God sent me a great man to share this life with, and at the age of 16 we started our life together. God had a plan all the time for us. We just celebrated 43 years of marriage. When we were on our 16th year, we talked about having a child. See, we were so young and had a lot of growing up to do ourselves.
After two devastating miscarriages, God gave us a beautiful 8 lbs. 2 oz. baby boy. His name would be Logan. We were elated to say the least. Just what we had always wanted. I asked God for only one healthy child and I would never ask him for another. Oh what a joy he was! Like any child, Logan began to babble and say Mama, Dada, yes, no,… learned to play Itsy Bitsy Spider, and do all the things babies do before he was two years old.
When he turned two, it was like someone had flipped a switch. He lost all of his words, and stopped making eye contact. It was like he was a stranger, and not with us anymore. After many doctor visits and therapy sessions, Logan was diagnosed with autism. What we thought was a curse back then has turned out to be one of God’s greatest blessings.
You see, Logan hums for self stimulation. A very special teacher named Kim Sutton found the gift that God had blessed him with. Logan is a music savant. He was humming in perfect pitch. He could pick out songs on the piano, read music, and even do music notation. And the biggest miracle to us,… He Could Sing. Yes, he had no verbal language, but God had put a song in his heart, and it had to come out.
Logan has been blessed to sing with Josh Turner on the Grand ole Opry, and sing with The Nashville Symphony .
Logan has just finished his 4th CD, “I’m Gonna Tell it All”, title song written by Tammy Vice and Jerry Salley.
We travel, and share God’s blessings, all over the southern states. So in closing, I would like to say, all things in your life that you may think are a curse, might just turn out to be a special blessing of your own.
Autism is a way of life for us.
Visit Logan Blade’s Facebook page, and watch for his upcoming CD!
Until Next Time,
Know The Hope!