Happy World Down Syndrome Day!!
World Down Syndrome Day has become very near and dear to my heart. Last year at this time we were waiting for our sweet Tucker. We were anticipating going to China to bring our precious boy home. What we did not know is this little boy would change our lives forever and awaken more of a heart and awareness for children all over the world born with DS who are abandoned, unloved, and killed everyday.
If you have never had the privilege of meeting our Tucker you are missing out. On July 9, 2009 a little angel was born. A gift from above. God blessed us with him on July 14, 2014. 5 years he waited, 5 years God was preparing the way for us to bring our boy home.
Tucker was born with Down Syndrome and we are so thankful he was. I believe with all that's in me children are born with DS for a reason, they are a gift, a treasure. Tucker has taught me so much about love, he has shown me how to love deeper and more unconditional. He loves BIG with all his heart, his passion for life shows in his smile and his many facial expressions. Whether it be his sweet dance moves, face grabbing, eye gazing, passionate kisses (intense to the point you will more than likely get licked across the face) or intense bear hugs He is full of life! He loves to kiss and hug and He simply loves everyone. His trust teaches me how to trust more with a whole heart. He loves to make people laugh, he finds happiness in any and all situations, he is very, very special and uniquely made, he brings life, he has passion for life.
(This is not in anyway written to stereo type children with Down Syndrome, all children are born with their own unique personalities and children with DS are not always happy all the time. Children institutionalized and abandon often times have been hurt, neglected, unloved and it affects their trust level. One thing all kids have in common is the fact that they were created in Christ's image and deserve the love of a family no matter their special need or personality.)
My heart has longed for this child I have been so graciously given, how much more has our Father longed for us to give our lives to Him. How much more has our Father desired to see our lives fulfilled. He has created life, life is a gift.
The heart of our Father
Longs for his child.....Yearns for His child made in His image.
The heart of our Father loves long, loves deep, loves wide, and loves high.
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
The Heart of our Father freely gives to the point of death that we may have life more abundantly (in large quantities; plentifully).
The heart of our Father is to see us live in such a way that glorifies Him because He knows this way of living brings LIFE. Not only does it bring life within it brings life all around, wherever we go.
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
The heart of our Father becomes ours.
When we know the love of our Father we are then able to love Him and love with deep passion those around us. Those we are not able to love on our own.
The life of one has more value and meaning when seen through the eyes of the Father, the one who created each life. The life of one becomes worthy of saving.
When seen through the eyes of the Father no life looks hopeless. Every life is looked and lavished upon with high esteem.
Today is world down syndrome day. A day to raise awareness for people born with Down Syndrome all over the world. (To raise awareness of how many babies and children with Down Syndrome are in orphanages all over the world or worse yet how many are aborted daily). To celebrate lives created by God Himself, lives worthy to be saved, lives to be looked upon with high esteem, great value, and lives to be treasured. People made in the very image of Christ.
My heart breaks as I write each word because I have seen, my eyes have been opened to the truth of how little value, no value at all is placed on babies with DS all over the world. How little LIFE is worth to this world.
Without Christ living and dwelling in our hearts, without salvation, the worth of life is diminished.
Salvation is key to LIFE. Salvation that completely changes us and radically alters the coarse of our hearts and lives is the key to the WORTH AND VALUE OF LIFE (of even one previous LIFE).
Awaken our hearts Lord....
Take a minute to read through this carefully. It is absolutely heart wrenching....
In Central and Eastern European countries alone (this would include Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Romania, etc, but NOT Russia), there are more than 1.5 MILLION CHILDREN who have been abandoned by their families for one reason or another and are living in "public care" (that's the nice way to put it). If statistically, 1 out of every 733 live births results in a child with Down Syndrome, that means at any given time there are 2,046 children with Down Syndrome who need families. THAT'S JUST IN EUROPE!! Some do not survive because of serious medical complications…some do not survive because of lack of medical attention, lack of food, lack of LOVE.
In Russia, there are over 700,000 children waiting for families, meaning at least 955 children with Down Syndrome wait, languishing. In ASIA (China, Hong Kong, Korea, India), there are 3,572,000 orphans, with nearly 5000 children with Down syndrome who are unwanted. Many of those children are killed at birth. The "lucky" ones end up in orphanages and foster care situations.
From what I have seen personally there are more children with DS than without in these orphanages.
In the United States 90% of babies with DS are aborted- KILLED.
Annually, 46 million babies die from abortion worldwide. That’s approximately one baby being aborted every two seconds.
To the birth mother that chose life for our son -
I want to thank you from the depths of who I am for choosing life for our precious son. There are not adequate words to express my heart and my forever greatfulness.
Thank you for caring and loving him for the first 7 months of his life. Though I know the choice to give him up must have been the hardest thing you've ever done I pour out my thankfulness with tears streaming down my face, THANK YOU for giving him LIFE. THANK YOU for loving him enough to let him live. THANK YOU for placing him where he could be found. You will never know how much his LIFE has completely and utterly captured our hearts. He brings love, joy, and LIFE wherever he goes. He brings smiles to faces that rarely smile and he fills our lives with laughter. We love him so very much. Without you we would not have him. THANK YOU for the precious gift of life.
If you have never known the love of Christ and never experienced the life altering heart changes every person so desperately desires I ask you to take a leap and say yes to Jesus, let Him into your heart, let Him capture your heart and let Him do great things with your life for others. Your life will never be the same the day you live it for someone else. The choices you make will reflect the heart of God.
“A person is a person no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss
“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson
“The right to life is the first among human rights.” – Pope Francis
“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” – Ronald Reagan
“How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.” – Mother Teresa
How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
I encourage you to pray and ask God to move your heart on behalf of one of these children. (A child with Down Syndrome). You never know how God will use your life if you are willing. You could very well miss out on one of these precious gifts!!
Because of His love,