As we grew older into our teenage years my brother and I would help out at a dance hall for those with down syndrome and we loved it. It is a highlight of my teenage years, I look back with great fondness for these young people were all so special. Years later when Keith's mom and dad passed away, he went to live with his brother Glenn and his wife. It was as though years had not passed, Keith was still the same, he had his smile and gave the biggest hug. I thank God that I had the opportunity to grow up with Keith living across the street, I learned that we are all different, but we are each special in our own way.
|Steve on the left in the wheelchair!|
And then there was Steve Mashburn, my dear friend who I had the awesome opportunity to help take care of toward the end of his life. Steve was in a diving accident when he was fifteen and left a quadriplegic the rest of his life. Yes, he was angry when this first happened, but then one day, he yielded his life to Christ and became a servant of Jesus. Steve even became a pastor, he would go down to New Orleans and preach, he also had such a passion for the unborn children even participating in a rescue during the Summer of Mercy in Wichita. Steve loved for us to come pick him up and bring him to the abortion mill. He would sit in his wheel chair and preach at the gates of hell. He was such a blessing. His lungs collapsed toward the end and he was bedridden after that, requiring 24/7 care. But, as long as he could, he would have that pencil in his mouth, punching away at the computer, writing newsletters for Operation Save America, and other news sources. One of our favorite things to do together when I would come over would be to watch Fox News and Western movies, he loved Gene Autry! Steve is now with the Lord, he left this earth in a very peaceful way with a very strong legacy left behind. He touched so many people's lives.
These precious lives are what went through my mind when hearing about the defeat of this dangerous treaty and how much the three of them had made such an imprint on my life!
This treaty was dressed up in a nice package to make the appearance that those with disabilities would benefit, but it certainly couldn't be further from the truth. According to Rick Santorum, he stated, "Now, that CRPD is defeated, we know that United Nations won’t have oversight of how we care for our special needs kids. This treaty would have given the U.N. oversight of the healthcare and education choices parents with special needs kids make. Had it passed, CRPD would have become the law of the land under the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, and would have trumped state laws, and could have been used as precedent by state and federal judges,”
The other threat hidden in Article 25 of the treaty would require signatories to provide persons with disabilities free or affordable health care including the area of reproductive health and population-based health programs. We all know what this means.
This isn't over, it will come back again so we must remain vigilant and fight hard for the rights of those that have disabilities, this of course is what Jesus would want us to do! Pray everyone, please pray!
All humans have a living soul. Jehovah deals with us according to how we deal with His determination of when He, and He alone, decides to separate the two.ReplyDelete
Life is precious, that is for sure Carl, and it doesn't matter the physical differences in each. I was touched by these three beautiful persons that some would say are a burden on society....I say thank you Lord for allowing me to be touched by them!ReplyDelete
My favorite Ronald Reagan Quote is from a speech he gave at a Pro Life event. Reagan"s words were something like this: "This is a quote that is very dear to me from my friend, the Late Terrance Cardinal Cook of New York "The gift of LIFE, God's SPECIAL gift, is no less beautiful when accompanied by illness or weakness, hunger or poverty, mental or physical handicaps, loneliness or old age. Indeed it is at THESE times that human life takes on extra splendor as it requires our special care, concern and reverence. It is in and through the weakest of human vessels that God continues to reveal the power of His love."
An Alzheimer’s PoemReplyDelete
Do not ask me to remember.
Don’t try to make me understand.
Let me rest and know you’re with me.
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.
I’m confused beyond your concept.
I am sad and sick and lost.
All I know is that I need you to be
With me at all cost.
Do not lose your patience with me.
Do not scold or curse or cry.
I can’t help the way I’m acting.
Can’t be different though I try.
Just remember that I need you.
That the best of me is gone.
Please don’t fail to stand beside me,
Love me ‘Til my life is done.