Friday, July 24, 2015

She's Not My "Downs Kid"- She's My Daughter

  So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27 NIV

 bethanycollage

I actually had someone ask me the other day, "How's your Downs girl?"  


My Downs girl?!  


MY DOWNS GIRL?!!!! 


I looked at them in stunned silence. I raised my eyebrows and asked pointedly...

"Do you mean my DAUGHTER, Bethany?"

They had the wisdom to look embarrassed.

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Bethany has Down Syndrome but I don't see Down Syndrome, or retardation, or an intellectual disability when I look at Beth.  

I see our daughter- flesh of our flesh- a visible reminder that God has blessed our union, the 7th in our family- one of our children. 

I see her; with her unique set of giftings and limitations- just like everyone else who lives on this planet.

But to be fair to the person who asked me "How's your Downs kid?"  - I'll admit I've also labeled and evaluated and wondered about what was "wrong" with another person.


I just had the good sense, manners, and wisdom not say it out loud!

Entering the special needs world has given me the eyes to see the depth and breadth of man's brokenness and limitless power of God's transforming love.

 

We're ALL human.  We're ALL broken.  We ALL need Jesus.


I am learning to see the person God created! 

 

Not their disability- not their temporary packaging we call our body- but the real person; yes, broken, but created in God's image and likeness.

 

Each person I meet is struggling under their own load of brokenness. Each person I see is the one God loves so much that He sent His only Son to die to redeem them from that brokenness.

 

I pray I'm not limited or prejudiced by "labels", as I see people. I want to remember there is glory to be found in every person- because God made them and died to redeem them.  


"Father,help us see people as the glorious being you created. Help us see we're all human, we're all broken and we all need you. Help us see who you see.
In Jesus Name,
Amen 

Hugs and blessings-  Cindy Barclay

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