We have had parents abandon our support because of this issue. Nevertheless, we see it as "a hill to die on". In our Core Values Statement, Snappin' Ministries affirms the biblical worldview of life.
First and foremost, we follow God as the Author of life and the Ultimate Authority over right and wrong. If His word says it, we follow it.
Second, we find advocating for the rights of those with special needs and their families to be completely pointless if we don't first advocate for their right to event exist.
Today is "Sanctity of Human Life Sunday". First proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, this Sunday usually falls the weekend before the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision.
In a world that has become increasingly hostile to the right of our children with special needs even having the right to be born; where 90% of all prenatally diagnosed babies with Down Syndrome are aborted; where professors like Peter Singer would even advocate that a living human being diagnosed with disorders like hemophilia or cerebral palsy be killed; we parents must speak up and affirm the value of our awesome, miraculous children.
Whether it be TODAY or later this week during the March for Life on the National Mall in Washington, DC, share the news of how blessed you are because of the life of your child. Our children's value lays far beyond their diagnoses or abilities. This dark world needs to know that.
And if you speak with someone who has had an abortion, treat them with love. If that person is anything like the friends I have encountered who made that "choice", there is a great deal of pain surrounding that decision. Usher them back to a place of healing in Christ. Remember that none of us is without sin. Give them the relief of knowing that there is a fresh start in Jesus.
Most of all, spend time today thanking GOD for giving your child LIFE. Many of us have difficult circumstances surrounding the pregnancy or birth of our child with special needs. Meditate on the miracle of your child today.
PRAY: Creator God, we thank YOU for the gift of LIFE today. Forgive us for any poor past decisions we have made. Bring us to a place of healing. And Holy Spirit, use us to speak LIFE into anyone we encounter today.
~ Barb Dittrich