I am no expert on the subject of Down’s Syndrome, but it is a subject near to my heart. My church has been blessed with a baby that has DS. This has brought a new awareness to our congregation and I believe we’re better people for it. In many ways.
I, for one, so newly re-immersed in blogging, have just committed to blog every day during the month of October. The project is called 31 for 21.
A few weeks ago, my friend (and the mother of the beautiful baby I mentioned – see http://www.downrightfaith.com/weblog/) led an Adult Education discussion on “Special Needs”. It was very thought provoking. During the discussion, she was challenged on the subject of prayer and healing. If an opportunity for a “cure” presented itself, would she pursue it? Should we pray for God to “fix” Sydney?
For each of us, we are challenged to be the best that we can be – or better yet, to be all that God wants us to be. Psalm 139:13-14 says “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
So the best we can be is 1) as good as we were when God created us or 2) as good as God wants us to be. I do not believe that someone born with special needs is anything less than “fearfully and wonderfully made” by our creator.
And this is coming from someone who has felt the potter’s hands in recent years, and who knows what it feels like to be slammed back on the wheel for re-shaping. 🙂