Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Diagnosis: Down Syndrome - What to do about it?

I have written to many people over the time my brother came into our life and I feel I should put the following up on the blog here, as it covers very well how those with Down Syndrome should be viewed particularly in the area of a diagnosis.

God is the one who does EVERYTHING and He causes EVERYTHING to happen, whether it be something wonderful or something horrible. I'll paste in some verses here that show that:

Romans 11:36
"For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen."

Lamentations 3:32
"Though He causes grief,
Yet He will show compassion
According to the multitude of His mercies."

Lamentations 3:37-38
"Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass, When the Lord has not commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that woe and well-being proceed?"

Exodus 4:11
""Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD?"

The above verse is God talking to Moses. God is the one who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing and the blind. If you had a child who was mute, deaf, or blind, what would you do? Just insert the word "Down Syndrome" into the above verse . . . who makes the person with Down Syndrome? Has not the Lord? The answer is "YES!" What do you do about it? While yes, there may be some dissapointment or sadness in regards to the diagnosis, especially if there are health problems. Yet, you should believe the Lord, praise and give thanks to Him for his handiwork! As the following verse says,

Psalm 100:3-5
"Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations."

The Lord is the One who has made us. You and I did not choose to be the people we are. My brother with DS, or anyone with DS, did not choose to have Down Syndrome. God is the one who made you and I, my brother and anyone with Down Syndrome. We had no choice in it. It is all His will! The bottom line is you need to believe in Him and trust Him, since everything is His and His will. He commands us to give thanks to Him in everything,

1 Thessalonians 5:18
"in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."


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