Mother of a young girl with Down Syndrome, Amy Julia Becker, recently wrote a book entitled “A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny” talks to Christopher Closeup about life-enriching experience. Excerpts of the interview and a picture of their family below:
One of the things that comes to mind is that I at first thought having a child with disabilities was going to narrow my experience of the world. I thought all I was ever going to think about was disability and Down syndrome. Instead, what Penny has done for us – and what God has done through her – is to help us see the value of every human life…and recognizing the image of God is imprinted in all of us. So what is it I have to receive from other people – and what is it I have to give? I really think I’ve had a transformation in my understanding of human relationships. Going back to that comment in the book about Peter’s heart becoming more open, it really has been opened not only to people with disabilities, but to the whole swath of humanity in all of our brokenness and all of our beauty.