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The God gene?

Posted by appolus on March 23, 2014

On the 21st it was Down Syndrome day. The 21st representing the fact that Down Syndrome people have an extra copy of chromosome 21. I am the father of a young man with Down Syndrome , Daniel , who will be 21 this year. The word ” extra,” is interesting to me. Daniel is not missing anything, he has an extra chromosome. Now as the world measures things he has something missing, intellect. Yet, when he looks at the world he is cScan_Pic0160olor blind. He is incapable of being racist. He loves equally. Men, woman, the old, the young, the rich, the poor, the infirm, the mentally or physically handicapped, Daniel sees none of that, he only sees people.

This extra Chromosome allows him to view the world as God views the world. My son is happy and contented. I have watched other children mock him sometimes and burned inside, and then he would come in and tell me how much he liked them and that they were his friends. He would bear no ill will or grudges towards them and the very next day approach them and embrace them. This rarely made his Christian father happy.

Three days after he was born, in the midst of great turmoil and darkness the Lord Himself came and whispered in my ear ” I have given you a perfect gift from the treasures of heaven.” This is the clearest word I have ever had from the Lord.Daniel, exactly who he was, was made perfectly by the designer of all that exists. Daniel indeed has something extra, it is God given and I could only wish that I viewed the world through his eyes.

This group of people are not people who have an illness, they are a race of unique people with something extra. And that something extra should help us reevaluate how we measure perfection. If God is no respector of persons, if He loves all equally , then who is closer to the heart of God? Daniel or his dad? Without a doubt, Daniel is closer to the heart of God and I an observer and one who learns from those who have something extra, a God gene. He does not have less than me, I have less than he.

6 Responses to “The God gene?”

  1. Leanne said

    Amen and Amen…..
    Beautifully written

  2. This is beautiful and I could not agree more. Thank you Jesus for sending us such special souls as Daniel.

  3. a gentle iconoclast said

    God bless you and Daniel even more! Thank you for giving us a picture that can be enlarged with a click, to see him.

  4. A fantastic way of looking at this…in fact, the truthful way. So often, we define normal and abnormal in ways that God never intended. God has an infinitely deep spiritual world which we can only see with the right vision. Seeing things God’s way gives us the peace and joy God has always intended for us.

  5. Brother, I am blessed by your example to the body of Christ in this. You conveyed these things well.

  6. Leslie Manto said

    Thank you dear brother. I have often thought that children with this extra chromosome are as Jesus told us to be: like children trusting the Father.
    Most seem to smile in the face of adversity and not take offense and smile when everyone else is frowning. To think the world is so backwards. As believers with the Holy Spirit within, we are meant to have that extra chromosome of joy, peace and love!

    Sister Leslie

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