If I had put a bit more thought into it, I would have asked someone who has a sibling with Down Syndrome to write a post for today. Perhaps there is someone who would like to add their thoughts to mine… if so, let me know!
Today, March 21st, is World Down Syndrome Day. This date (3/21) has special significance because it “represents the 3 copies of chromosome 21, which is unique to people with Down Syndrome.” It also has personal significance for me because of all the wonderful people with Down Syndrome that I have known. In case you don’t know, these are very special people. I’ve have the privilege of babysitting little ones, meeting or learning about so many loving individuals, and sponsoring a beautiful little boy from Romania towards his adoption—all of whom had Down Syndrome.
I think these special individuals grab my heart because they often show us God’s love. No matter what you do, they still love you. Nothing you say can make them want to avoid you. On your worst day, they will still come to you and put out their arms for a hug. Their love does not depend on who you are, what you do, or how you act. Instead, you are blessed by their love every moment… even and especially if you feel that you don’t deserve it.
I sometimes think that is the reason God puts special people on this earth. Without them, we would have a much harder time understanding God’s love for us… and how we ought to love each other.