What people are saying...
We are thankful that Memphis Joy Prom got the attention of people across the nation. The publicity and how far and wide our story has spread is amazing; may God be glorified!!
A PARENT LETTER...
Dear Ashley, Ginna, Susan, Christ United Methodist, Second Pres, Young Life Capernaum, Longview Heights Baptist,
friends from Grace Evan, sponsors and volunteers,
I am not sure I have the words to express my heartfelt gratitude for what all of you put together last night. As the mother of two children with special needs, I have been in the world of special needs and disabilities for the past 18 years. I do not remember an event bringing this much joy to my heart in all of these years.
I am humbled beyond belief by the abundant love displayed by each and every person involved in this event. My heart is literally overflowing with thanksgiving for everyone who worked so hard to make this such a magical experience. From the Dress Fest and tuxes, the alterations, the jewelry, the makeup, to the red carpet, the Grizzlies, the announcer, the bubbles, the teens and adult escorts, the decorations, the corsages, the candy bar, the photography, the gift bags, the food, the ice sculptures, the DJ, the rapper, the parent lounge, and everything else I am failing to mention, it was overwhelming and all of you honestly outdid yourselves.
I am not sure exactly who is on this list as I just "replied all" to an earlier email, however, I think I speak for every parent of a special person in attendance last night in saying, THANK YOU FOR LOVING OUR CHILDREN LIKE GOD LOVES THEM - unconditionally and unabashed. You are ALL unbelievable. As we would all probably agree, this special world of our does not come without some accompanying pain and heartache, however, I have said it before and will say it again, it is through this pain and this heartache that I have also been able to experience God's JOY - sheer joy in its purest form comes from loving and and being love by these special people. Last night was one of those moments of sheer and pure joy.
On Good Friday a very long time ago, I heard a priest say, "who are WE to think we should share in the glory and the joy of the resurrection on Easter Sunday if we do not share in the pain and suffering of the cross on Good Friday?" I have always likened this to being a special need parent. The JOY is our blessing and I thank you ALL again, for your hearts of love. As the scripture on the Joy Prom invitation says, "although they cannot repay you, you WILL be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous." These individuals only know one way to love and it is from the heart just as God loved; you have shown each of them this same love in return.