2nd Birthday: Disability Scripturally Debunked


I’ve recently felt the incredible power of Scripture. I’ve been meaning to share this with you for some time now and Grady’s 2nd Birthday seems to be perfect. In all honesty it sums up everything my heart has been trying to say and plead from day one. How it took me this long to find it {or it find me} in the Big Book, God only knows.

You see… If you Trust in Him…

Scripture has the ability to heal

Scripture can save

Scripture can convict us

teach us

speak to the heart and guide us

In my most recent experience, I found Scripture also can flat out Shatter chains of bondage all the while Shredding falsified beliefs and like a feather that falls slowly to the ground..it brings us softly back down to our knees with Grace. Free.

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It’s happened more than once since we received our prenatal diagnosis. It’s been said by professing Christians and most recently by a US Elected Official.  {click here}  

“Down Syndrome/ Disability is a form of punishment for the Sins of the Parents or Mankind.”

When powerful people, respected people, and even loved family members mutter these words even the most grounded Christian can shutter. My mind raced the day I first heard this. My child a punishment? God does such a thing? and the Enemy who knows our playbook carefully and meticulously slips self doubt into your mind and you race through your mind with all your wrong doings in the past… you pull up memory after memory where you totally screwed up, sinned, shamed yourself, drank too much in college, gave way too much of yourself here in this and that way, took too much there, a little lie back then, slander here and there, oh dear…the list goes on.

Oh how the Devil loves to see you squirm… but then in a moment of clarity you glance back at your child and you remember God is True…
Just… and his PLAN is ever revealing, ever satisfying and may I say ever so Perfect.

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These words below have become the anthem that sings to my soul …as disability finds reason and purpose in this life. And Grady’s little light shines as bright today as it did the day he was born two years ago….

John 9: 1-4

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.  As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me.”

And so it was said, and so it will be. Set me spirit free with these words, Crushing words once spoken to me and societal confusion. I pray these words find those who have spoken such lies and bring them to their knees. {conviction}

I know for certain the work of God that has been displayed through Grady’s life in just a mere 2 years… his testament and smile and our testimony has reached beyond our beyond. All because God took extra time the day he was conceived to bring forth in him characteristics that Yes, make him stand apart. But we Praise him for every part of that Good work amd extra chromosome…because the Works of God are outwardly apparent for all to see, and the light within shines brighter than I ever could have imagened.

He is our blessing.

Now the scripture in the book of John reads on to see Jesus wipe mud across the blind man’s face as he heals him. The blind man then is able to see for the first time and become a living testimony to the Good works of the Lord.

The day of a complication free body will come in Heaven when Grady meets his heavenily father someday, where Down Syndrome won’t be gone but his body will be free of any impediments. There his Speech will allow him to sing a sweet song and he will sit at the feet of Jesus and in the clearest voice, giving Thanks and Praise. Melodic faithfulness.

Every morning both Paul and I at somepoint during the morning look at eachother with complete and utter awe of God and give Thanks for Grady. Not one day goes by without that reality, thankfulness and richness of Joy that he is in our life.

Happy 2nd Birthday Little Man.

Let your Light Shine on…


“There’s a little flame inside us all
Some shine bright
Some shine small
The rains will come
And the waters rise
But don’t you ever lose your light

In this life you will know
Love and pain
Joy and sorrow
So when it hurts
When times get hard
Don’t forget who’s child you are

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m Gonna let it shine
Gonna let it shine

One day there will be no more pain
And we will finally see Jesus’ face
So until then I’m gonna try
To brave the dark
And let my little light shine”

Addison Road (awesome song)

Flasback, Grady’s Announcement Video:

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10 thoughts on “2nd Birthday: Disability Scripturally Debunked

  1. Katherine says:

    Hi Erin, love your post – was just reading that story the other night as I hunted through Scripture for God’s word on children with disabilities having had a little worry to myself about the why and how come. A very, very Happy Birthday to your little man – he is gorgeous!
    I’ve been given a book called “Extraordinary kids nuturing and championing your child with special needs” and came across this quote which I just love: “The dictionary says a handicap is an added burden given to a superior contender to equalise the contest.”
    Keep shining 🙂

  2. Shauna says:

    Oh yes Yes YES! I’m going to share your post with our pastor who is preaching about just this sort of thing…the power of scripture 🙂 And how is he 2 already? Handsome little man!

  3. Brenda says:

    Great post Erin, can’t believe G$ is two! Anyway, Its hard to understand other people’s ignorance, but John 9 v1-4 is a truth one can’t argue with. Since you mentioned an elected offical, I’m sure you know that Rick Santorum was blessed with a little girl born with trisonomy 18. Talk about moving testimony. xoxo

  4. Pernilla Johansson says:

    Happy Birthday Grady! Boy, you have grown! The pictures are lovely!!!
    10 years between our boys – on the day!
    These 12 years are the greatest – the most enriching in our lives! We are SO blessed to have been given this in life. Jakob is our middle child – surrounded by his sister and brother. We all say yes to life. Sadly enough to hear about a Christian who would say such horrible words about a human being – he does not deserve to represent man!
    Let our children show the light in life!!!

    Love to you all!

    • Erin Ski! says:

      So great to hear from you Pernilla! happy birthday to Jakob as well! I still think its amazing that we met that day and being that our boys are ten years apart to the day! Hope he had a great day! And yes you are right, misled Christians are a scary thing. 😦

      Hugs and love to you all as well!

  5. Amber Webb says:

    LOVE THIS! Needed this reminder today. Truly hope our little blessings get a chance to meet one day. You rock, Erin! Hope Mr. Grady had a very Happy 2nd Birthday! Lots and lots of love from FL.

  6. Amanda Surratt says:

    Your story and testimony always moves my heart and brings tears to my eyes. Who would have known in Hampstead many years ago. He is absolutely adorable and I felt myself gritting my teeth as I looked at him with those glasses. Cutest thing ever. He looks so much like his big brother. Give them a hug from your Hampstead friend..

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