Sanctity of Life – in religion and ethics the belief is a principle of implied protection regarding all life which is said to be sacred, holy, or of such value not to be violated. (dictionary.com)
Sanctity of Life Sunday took place this week. I’m pro-life, but I rarely think about the 1.3 million children who are aborted in a years time. Since David’s birth the statistics of abortion are more sobering. The abortion rate of Down syndrome children is shockingly high – 93% of women who receive a DS diagnosis choose to end their pregnancy. Women who choose to abort a DS child argue that it is unfair to be asked to raise a disabled child, or that is in unfair to ask a child to live a limited life.
I wish they knew! I wish they knew how incredibly beautiful all life is, and that a Down syndrome diagnosis is some of the best news you will ever receive. Yes, you read that right. When we received David’s diagnosis I cried. I grieved for the child I had imagined for 9 months. When people would tell me of how my world would expand, how I would see the world with new eyes, how our family would experience love, and joy and blessings – I would think of how nice it was of them to tell me that, but I didn’t really believe it. I understand now, and I know they were right. Down syndrome has been an unexpected part of our lives, but I can honestly tell you that David’s life is beautiful and valued. He is perfect. He is strong. He is happy. His eyes sparkle (literally). He gives the best snuggles, kisses, and his smile lights his entire face – I LOVE it when this boy smiles. Lily has not been given a “bad” sibling, and Louis and I have not been given a “bad” son. We don’t look at David and see Down syndrome, we see our little boy – a little boy who captured our hearts from the first second of his life and who continues to bring happiness, joy, and blessings to our entire family. In his short 8 months of life God has used David to teach me many lessons, and I’m amazed of the stories I hear of how God has used David in the lives of others.
ALL LIFE IS A GIFT.
ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS!
ALL LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!
ALL LIFE IS SACRED!