From the Heart

114For the past two years, I have helped with a local event, “Songs from the Heart”.  Arc’s Aktion Club and Fountainbleau Families Foundation have put on this fundraising event which helps support individuals with disabilities – physical and mental.  The highlight of the event is the Karaoke contest.  It is so heartwarming to see these special people so excited to sing their hearts out! Some of them cannot speak, they can only hum into the microphone.  It is probably the only karaoke contest which started with the song “Silent Night” and ended with “Let’s Get It On”! I’ve seen a woman struggling to get the words out and a group of her friends gather around her and start singing with her and for her…

One cannot help but fall in love with these men and women.  They are all smiles and hugs.  Life has dealt them a huge challenge, and they have embraced their life and challenges.

Down Syndrome has been a hot topic recently.  Down syndrome babies are born with an extra chromosome.  It is not hereditary and there is no known cause.  Statistics show that 1 in every 690 babies in the US are born with Down Syndrome.  These babies can be diagnosed prenatally today at about 10 to 12 weeks.  Sadly, 90% of mothers receiving the diagnosis choose to abort their baby.

These babies were chosen by God to walk a special journey.  The journey of their life affects so many people in a positive way.  Talking to family members of individuals with disabilities one learns that it is the family who feel blessed and inspired in the care for these persons.  By denying these babies the life God gave them, we are depriving the world of so many smiles, hugs and songs from the heart!

We all have a special journey we will face in our lives.  We all have challenges and heartaches.  We have to trust in our Lord and follow those paths and face those challenges.

003This is Beau. He is battling a muscle disease and has already lived past his life projection.  He loves singing and spends his free time entering Karaoke contests.  He feels that he has a very blessed life.  He loves his family, friends, and passion of singing.  His attitude and songs are an inspiration to many people.

If you or anyone you know is pregnant with a child with a disability, I encourage you to get educated about the disability and spend time with people with disabilities.  Don’t give a child a death sentence because the of the journey God has given them.  It is a journey you will want to share in – a journey God has chosen for you as well.

And this Christmas, sing “Silent Night”….loudly and from the heart!

C’est Bon

Love,

Sherry

 

Sacred Truths

angelsMy husband and I viewed the movie “Heaven is for Real” today.  I had read the book and found it a very moving testimony, especially since the testimony is from a four-year-old!  God uses all of us –  no matter our age – no matter how long we lived on this earth- no matter if all our whole life was in our mother’s womb – to divulge His truths and lessons.

I am sure most people are aware of Colton Burpo’s story.  Colton’s father, Todd, is a pastor and he was certain that Colton experienced heaven and spoke to Jesus for a reason.  After some soul-searching, Colton’s family decided their mission was to spread the message that heaven is real – a real place where we can love and serve our Lord after we leave this earth.  After reading Colton’s story, I became convinced that there was another message.

Colton told his dad that Jesus had a message for him.  He informed his dad that Jesus wanted his dad to know that He loved the children.  When Colton’s dad responded he already knew that Jesus loved all the children; Colton repeated several times, “But He REALLY loves the children.”

This message from Jesus along with the fact that Colton met his sister who “died in mommy’s tummy”, led me right away to believe that Jesus wanted Todd to preach about the precious unborn.  The Burpos had lost a child of God before they even knew if the child was a girl or boy.  This little girl presented herself to Colton as his sister and could not stop hugging him.  Colton was only four and had not been told of his mother’s miscarriage.  When he related this encounter with his sister to his parents; they truly believed Colton had experienced something very few of us live to tell.  Soon after this revelation, the Burpos were blessed with another baby.

It was revealed to a four-year-old that all life is sacred.  Even the very young in a mother’s womb, who never have a chance to be named or see this earth, share in our eternal glory with God.

I have my own personal experience with this message.  After reading “Heaven is for Real”, I shared my love for the story with someone very dear to me.  She went out that same day and bought the book.  She was in the early stages of her first  pregnancy and she and her husband read the book together.  One week later, the two of them went for a 2 month ultrasound and learned that she was carrying twins.  Double the reason to rejoice – but no, one of the babies was alive, the other baby was dead.  I was out of town when I heard this news and hurriedly called her knowing that she would take this news extremely hard.  But, the Lord had prepared her.  In His mercy He had allowed me to share the story of Colton and He led her to read the book with her husband.  She was calm.  She told me that they were very grateful that one baby was healthy and alive and they knew the other twin was in heaven and they would see Angel one day.

Yes the Lord loves us and sends us messengers.  He guides us and consoles us.  We do not know the reasons for the bad things.  We only know that He knows what is best for us!

God sent His only Son, the Word, to spread the truth.  He now calls each of us to continue what Jesus taught.  It may mean suffering or persecution.  We should follow the example of His Son and take up our cross.

Corinthians 4:1  “You should think of us as Christ’s servants, who have been put in charge of God’s secret truths.”

Thank you Burpo family for picking up your cross and spreading God’s sacred truths!

C’est Bon

Love,

Sherry