Laura Hurd

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FIRST-PERSON: Snapshots of inclusion

Laura Hurd recounts times when she and her son with autism have felt the graciousness of inclusion from fellow Christians.

FIRST-PERSON: A diagnosis & a calling

Laura Hurd began to realize that God had "placed a calling on my life" after her son was diagnosed as autistic.

FIRST-PERSON: God’s creation & six dollars

As fog lifted from mountains in the distance, the beauty of God's creation stirred Laura Hurd's attentiveness to a moment of compassion unfolding right in front of her.

FIRST-PERSON: The ride to school

In the eight short minutes in driving her 11-year-old to school, Laura Hurd has realized that God has been fashioning "an open window for peering into the ever-evolving mind of my son."

FIRST-PERSON: I could hear their heart

Laura Hurd was heartened by the openness of a church's volunteers to involve her autistic son in their community basketball program.

FIRST-PERSON: My church, my family & autism

Laura Hurd, the mother of an autistic child, recounts: "Since the beginning of our journey, we have had complete support and understanding from our church and it has made all the difference in our lives."

FIRST-PERSON: The umbrella of grace

On a rainy day, Laura Hurd observes how church members with umbrellas in hand harken back to the servanthood of Jesus when He washed His disciples' feet.

FIRST-PERSON: He’s listening to a story about Jesus

Because God has "so lovingly poured out His care for this special needs mama," Laura Hurd recounts the grace and mercy she is learning to give her autistic child. "Autism will forever be full of surprises," she writes, "but so will my heavenly Father."