Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Goes Through Good Friday

By Philip

Two days ago was Good Friday. I liked my pastor’s sermon. Each day we make God pleased and sad. We please God by our faith. We make God sad by our sin. Jesus had to suffer a terrible and humiliating death as an atonement for the sins of the world. He made a way for us to be reconciled to God. Let’s not forget that Easter goes through Good Friday. Let’s not take for granted that our new lives come from Jesus’ death. I am learning that I am loved more than I can comprehend. I am so loved.

I am trying to learn how suffering is part of God’s plan. Why must it happen? Jesus suffered a lot for us. When he died he became sin and died to God. God poured out his wrath on Jesus because he bore the sins of the world. People who look to Jesus’ sacrifice will be forgiven. I can learn to identify with Jesus by learning to be patient in my suffering. I am peaceful knowing that the Resurrection comes only after suffering. I know God so loves me. My life He resurrects to make his power known and attach us to Him eternally. I am peaceful practicing my calling in autism ministry. My suffering is not for nothing. It is being used for a greater purpose. Meaningful ministry has come because of my suffering. My autism is a mixed blessing. There are many things I cannot do. But there are things I can do because of my autism. May you see the blessings in your life that come from suffering. Happy Easter! Our Lord lives!

Our Lord Lives!

*Special dedication to KK who is getting baptized today.  KK, your life and testimony bring glory to our Lord and Savior.  God bless you! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Zootopia Review

By Philip

Zootopia is one of the best movies I have seen. It was funny, had an excellent plot and message, and characters you could sympathize with. I loved the friendship of Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, animals from opposite sides of the predator-prey world in Zootopia. The world in Zootopia is a lot like ours. The different species are a lot like our different cultures and races. We often make up distinctive markers in our world too. Neurotypical and neurodiverse. Immigrant and native. Woman and man. While it is good to acknowledge our differences, it is bad to judge people based on those differences. I liked how Zootopia addressed prejudice from both majority and minority’s points of view. We are all the same in living in a less than perfect world where we often are underestimated, bullied, or typecast. We need to peacefully live together, accepting our differences, and getting to know one another as people rather than our distinctions.

At the theater with Lia, Carlos, and my Grams

Copyright 2016 Philip Reyes.  All rights reserved.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Being on the News

I am very glad Kaylie and I put our story on the news. I dared myself to make a leap into the media. I am putting myself out there to make as many people as I can aware of my communication method and how it saved me from a life of misery. Communication is meaningful language to express my true thoughts and feelings. Good communication sets me free to accomplish my goals. Kaylie and I are not looking for personal fame. We are looking to accomplish the goal of now opening opportunities for all autistic people. Please make my story known.