World Down Syndrome Day 21 March each year

 

Let us celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, and thank God for all the beautiful DS people, for parents who welcomed DS children into the world, and for the wonderful film “Praying with Lior” (about a Jewish boy with DS). One of the most beautiful stories Jean Vanier, the founder of the L’Arche Communities (unique families of joy for the able-bodied and disabled), shares is about a DS man and Prayer:
From his book “From Brokenness to Community, p.23:
“Many people in L’Arche are close to God, and yet they are so little and poor. They have known rejection and have suffered a great deal. I am always moved as I hear them speak of God. When somebody asked one of our men, Peter, if he liked to pray, he said that he did. So the person continued and asked him what he did when he prayed. He replied: “I listen.” Then the person asked what God says to him. Peter, a man with Down Syndrome, looked up and said: “He just says, ’You are my beloved son.’” http://www.larcheusa.org/
(Source: Deacon John)

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Rev Sandy Boyce is a Uniting Church in Australia Minister (Deacon) in placement at Pilgrim Uniting Church, in Adelaide CBD (12 Flinders St). This blog is mainly to resource worship planners for our services, but of course may be useful for others. We have some great writers of music, words for hymns and liturgy at Pilgrim, so this blog also includes their words.
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