Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What Would The World Be Without OUR Children?

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
 ~ 1 Corinthians 12:21-25, NIV ~

Like so many of you, I have been horrified and heartbroken as I listen to recent stories of Kermit Gosnell, a medical doctor in the state of Pennsylvania on trial for 7 counts of murder.  Sparing you the gruesome details and highly-charged politics, suffice it to say that this individual is being charged with infanticide.  As a mother, my thoughts can’t help but turn to my own children with hearing such news.

There are many in this world who would think themselves humane by removing children like mine, with various special needs, from this earth before their true struggle even begins.  In fact, as many as 92% of all babies prenatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted, with the encouragement of medical professionals.  These doctors are not necessarily malicious.  In their tenderness, these people would not want any child like mine to unduly suffer.  Watching children face pain, anguish, rejection and heavy adversity surely must be one of life’s greatest heartbreaks.

Even though they may have good intentions, I feel sad that these people are unfamiliar with the wonder and richness kids like mine bring to life’s journey.  Despite the anguish and pain of living with a severe bleeding disorder, my 13 year old son has colored our world with his dimpled smile, his natural curiosity, his unsolicited tenderness and his perpetual joy.  If a good mood could be a person, it would be our son.  Our daughter’s life-long battle with Asperger’s, severe ADHD, asthma and severe allergies have only made her a more remarkable human being.  For almost 11 years now we have enjoyed her funny quirkiness, her sneaky intelligence, her incredible vivaciousness, and her tender love for animals of every sort.

While I can brag on my own children, I would contend that every special needs child transforms the rest of us as individuals and as a society.  Allow me to list just a few of the things our world would be missing without our children:

  • True appreciation of life’s simple gifts
  • Moving through our own ignorance and discomfort
  • Patience for those who don't move at the same pace that we do
  • Acceptance and love for those who are different from us
  • Understanding that we are more than our superficial exteriors
  • Hope beyond our physical, cognitive and emotional abilities
  • Knowledge of the Holy because our children are created in the image of God
These are only the tip of the iceberg.  We would most certainly be a society of bland individuals, lacking great character if none of us ever had to face the adversity involved with special needs.  I am certain that each person reading this post could add to the list.

Ponder the gift that your children are to our world today.  Offer God prayers of thanksgiving.  And also pray that those who would snuff out such lives prematurely might have their hearts softened and eyes opened to God’s greater purposes.

PRAY:  Holy Spirit, change hearts and minds.  Put the right words in my mouth to articulate the value of my child and their impact on the world we live in.

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1 comment:

  1. You really captured the essence of the gift which our children are, not only to us, but to the world. My pastor at my daughter Christina's Baptism, attended by 100 people on Mother's Day 2002, said, "I think Christina pities us for not being able to see what she sees."
    Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.