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Father on children with Down syndrome: they love us until we begin to love them back

by | Mar 13, 2015

By Sarah Terzo

From Dr. Thomas Elkins, whose daughter has Down syndrome:

“We look at our child, Jenny, who has Down’s syndrome, and see our own limitedness. She shows us love even when we, at first, were not totally accepting of her. These kids love us until we begin to love them back. And by loving them, we learn whole new definition of love – something very akin to grace.

In our country, we have been very much aware of physical attributes and their importance in being successful. But with a child like Jenny, we learned that love is deeper. It’s love because of the personal qualities of that child and because of something of the spirit of God that’s within that child – what we term personhood.”

Harold Smith, “A Legacy of Life” Christianity Today, January 18, 1985

Quoted in: F. LaGard Smith When Choice Becomes God (Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 1990)

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