According to a recent article on John Piper’s Desiring God website, people with Down Syndrome are some of the happiest people alive. Ninety-nine percent of those surveyed said that they are happy with their lives. Additionally 97 percent answered affirmatively when asked, “Do you like who you are?” Another 99 percent agreed with the statement “Do you love your family?”
No other group of people approaches this high level of satisfaction and happiness in their lives. Writing for Desiring God, John Knight notes that these statistics reveal a misconception many people have about Down Syndrome and those living with it. Many of us tend to think people living with Down Syndrome would be much less happy, but these statistics show we are wrong.
The annual World Down Syndrome Day was celebrated this year on March 21st, a day to remember and celebrate those whose lives may be different than our own, but just as worthy of attention. It is also a day to dispel myths about Down Syndrome Knight also notes that caring for and understanding people with Down Syndrome is a great opportunity for the church to be the hands and feet of Christ. “Next time you hear that Down syndrome is part of the package of a child coming into a family, or you see a young person or adult with Down syndrome coming to your church, don’t stereotype into categories of ‘tragedy’ or otherwise,” he writes.
“Rather, pray for wisdom, go introduce yourself to an inherently valuable person, and see what God might be pleased to do for them through you – and for you through them.” The reality for many is that prevailing negative attitudes result in low expectations, discrimination and exclusion. But, when people with Down syndrome and other disabilities are given opportunities to participate, all people benefit from this shared environment of friendship and acceptance.
Source: Christian Today; World Down Syndrome Day
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JULY: PRAY WIDER for inclusion of all people to become a reality in our churches. Give thanks for people you know with Down syndrome, and for their joyful disposition and spirit of service which teaches us so much.