What Does God Say About Special Needs?

Are there kids in your school or church who are not able to catch a ball or run like the rest of the kids because they have special needs?

Is that kid you or someone in your family? God cares about ALL kids and gives us some good stories in the Bible to remind us to care for others!

In the Bible there was a boy named Mephibosheth (Meh-FIB-O-sheth) who had twisted feet because he had an accident when he was 5 years old. His daddy's name was Jonathan, who happened to be King David's best friend growing up. After Jonathan died in a battle, King David cared for Mephibosheth in a very special way. Read or listen to 2 Samuel 9:1-13 to learn more, then answer these questions.

  • Why was King David so kind to Mephibosheth?
  • In what two ways did King David show him kindness?

Draw your ideas on a separate piece of paper.

Dare to Care!

Sometimes kids who have special needs look or act differently than other boys and girls. Maybe they are lonely. Can you dare to be kind to kids who need a friend? Maybe you can play a game with them, talk to them when other kids go off to play, or send a card. What are some of your ideas?

Take a prayer walk with your family. Pray for other kids in your neighborhood who might have special needs. Pray on your way to school and by the playground nearest you. Pray for the whole family that surrounds each of the kids on your walk.

Dear Jesus,

Thank You for loving All kids, kids like me. I pray for (insert name of someone you're praying for), who I know has special needs and might be really lonely today. Help me remember how You love children with special needs, Jesus. Show me how You love children with special needs, Jesus. Show me how You want me to "dare to care" for them. Thank You for showing us how to love and care for those who live right here and all around the world.

In Your name, Amen.