The guys at DG let me write for the DG blog on occasion, and I was so happy this went up just ahead of World Down Syndrome Day tomorrow, 3/21:

The Happiest People in the World

I was going to list all the young people I know who live with Down syndrome who have encouraged me and who God is using to change families, churches and communities. But as the list was getting longer, I was getting more afraid I would forget someone! That’s a good problem to have.

Yes, God is good in Down syndrome.

The abortion industry is not a respecter of children when they say that any unborn child can be killed—and they go even further in saying that children with disabilities should be killed. We speak up with severe mercy in saying a forceful No to that type of killing. Having a disability should not be a death sentence if you believe in the sovereign goodness of God.

We love to say at Bethlehem that children are gifts no matter how they come. They are a gift when they come with all their fingers and toes, and they are a gift when they come with infantile seizures, cerebral palsy, or chromosomal irregularities.

The supremacy of God is at stake in all of these discussions because God creates wonderful things to elicit worshipful praise.

Pastor Jason Meyer, The Supremacy of God in the Sanctity of Life, preached January 24, 2015

Autism is weird and hard on everyone in a family. And its no picnic for churches, either.

Lori Sealy lives with autism and also parents a child with autism. And she loves God! Her story was interesting and encouraging – and I found her insights into presenting the gospel to those who live on the autism spectrum really helpful.

Thank you, Ruth Brewbaker, Director of Rooftop Friends at Young Meadows Presbyterian Church for sending it to me.

I was playing around with some family photos and thinking about an old DG post I had written when the thought occurred that maybe I could use the animation website to make that point in a different way. Let me know what you think in comments.

You can access the live-stream of TEF’s conference here at the bottom of the page: http://www.tefconference.com

Paul Martin kicks it off at 7 p.m. (Pacific) tonight.

You can learn more about The Elisha Foundation here.

Please pray as people gather to help families experiencing disability and their churches!

I’m really excited to get on a plane tomorrow for San Diego and participate in The Elisha Foundation’s Conference on Disability. The four men who serve as plenary speakers are going deep into God’s word and I’ll have the chance to facilitate a panel discussion with them on Friday night.

They are hoping to live-stream the conference. Go to their website or Facebook page to see what the options are available beginning tomorrow night, Thursday, Nov. 6.

On Friday and Saturday in Alabama, other friends of mine are gathering for The Accessible Kingdom Disability Ministry Conference. Stephanie Hubach, author of Same Lake, Different Boat, Special Needs Ministry Director for the Presbyterian Church in America and a friend of Bethlehem’s disability ministry is a keynote speaker. The conference also includes more than 40 workshops.

May God do a mighty work through these events!

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. (John 9:1 ESV)

(T)he Gospels are filled with observations of Jesus looking at people. His looking was often followed by compassion and then action. Both the Good Samaritan and the father of the Prodigal Son follow this trajectory. Instead of being frozen by the unknown, we can begin by looking. Instead of a plan, we have a path. So we don’t have to figure everything out. That takes the pressure off.

Paul Miller, A Loving Life, p. 85.

Paul Miller is the father of an adult daughter with disabilities and also authored the very helpful book, A Praying Life.

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