Libby over at Blessings and Glory has a post about a recent article in Christianity Today, that discusses the treatment of persons with disabilities around the world and the need for Churches to begin offering disability ministries.
The end of the article is my favorite - the author, Al Hsu, a father of a son with Ds says that Ds has "become for us a window into the joy of the kingdom of God." If you are blessed to know a person with Ds that attends church you know exactly what he means. I can't wait to experience the bible through my sons eyes or life for that matter. Enjoy...
"...Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche communities, which bring abled and disabled people together under one roof, warns in Living Gently in a Violent World that in a few years there may be no more children with Down syndrome in France because they will have all been aborted. In China, babies with disabilities are often abandoned. Extremist groups in the Middle East have even used people with mental disabilities as unwitting suicide bombers. The church must advocate on behalf of those most vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Care for the disabled is a global justice issue.
The 2000 U.S. Census found that 19.4 percent of the population is affected by physical or intellectual disability. One in 140 children now has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the 2007 Annual Review of Public Health. Cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries, spina bifida, Alzheimer's, and a host of other conditions affect millions. If you don't currently know someone with a disability, chances are that you will.
All of us are only temporarily abled. We are only a car accident or stroke away from disability. As Joan Mahler, coordinator of L'Arche USA, told me, "All of us are abled in some ways and disabled in others. People with developmental disabilities often help all of us understand our own brokenness."
Please refer to the above link for the entire article - it's definitely worth your time.