Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Let Your Light Shine

99 Balloons:

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

I can think of few ways to let your light shine more than the family in the above video. This is a beautiful testimony to preciousness of all life.

This video reminds me of what happened recently to the family we carpool with to school everyday. Here is their story:

Isabelle was diagnosed early on in the pregnancy with Dandy-Walker syndrome; this syndrome is mainly characterized by a misshapen cerebellum. This can have many different implications as to the development of a person; the effects can range from nothing to sever disabilities, even death (with the negative effects being the most predominant). At that same ultra-sound they said she might have a hole in her heart but that it was really hard to tell since her heart was about the size of a cherry pit, and the Dr still wasn’t done with the negative pronouncements. They also told us Isabelle had serious swelling around her brain, about 25% more than what was normal for anywhere near her stage of development. In fact, when she was diagnosed we were so early on in the pregnancy, that the Dr said we still had the option of terminating the pregnancy; but this was not an option we considered, even for a moment. Whatever would happen with her was in God’s hands, not ours. We were now slated to have ultra-sounds about 3 weeks throughout the pregnancy, so they could monitor her progress.

With only the help of prayers, from practically everyone we know, Isabelle’s prognosis steadily got better. The swelling went down, the hole in her heart (if it was ever there) closed, and her misshapen cerebellum miraculously healed (and I don’t use the word “miraculous” lightly, her brain should not have been able to reform). Here I became very humbled, but not just where you might think. I was absolutely humbled that God would chose to heal our child, but I think I was more humbled that God has placed people in our lives that would pour significant amounts of prayer in our direction...all for someone none of us had met yet.

This family has been blessed by God with a perfectly healthy baby, but it is beautiful that they did not reject her when it looked as though she would be disabled. This is the gospel lived out!

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