After her daughter, Penny, was born with Down syndrome, Amy Julia Becker admits to feeling grief and fear intermingled with the natural joy of having a new baby. As someone who’d always been devoted to her Christian faith, she engaged in some emotional and spiritual wrestling about how Down syndrome fit into God’s plan.
A friend told Becker that when she first heard the baby’s diagnosis, she was reminded of the Bible verse, “Whoever receives this child, receives me.” Those words gave Becker a new perspective that would develop even further over time.
Sometimes the situations we initially perceive as burdens can actually be blessings in disguise.
Whoever welcomes one such child in My name welcomes Me. (Matthew 18:5)
Open my heart to children with challenges, Messiah.