“I love you, Santa Claus,” she giggled as she gave me a bear hug.
“Why do you call him Santa Claus?” A medical student asked.
“He was once Santa Claus, but I knew it was him. And such a skinny Santa Claus.”
Sandy smiled from ear to ear as she shared a favorite story from our many years of friendship. She was two years old when I met her in my clinic. Through the years, I have had the joy of watching Sandy grow into a genuinely loving and happy twenty year old translator for our medical group.
She has infectious joy. She has boundless energy. She has a vibrant relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
She has Down’s Syndrome.
Her mother was counselled by a physician, so called, to abort Sandy when an ultrasound study revealed physical signs of Trisomy-21. Sandy’s mother was repelled by the thought of murdering her child and shrinks at the memory of the heinous and hellish recommendation.
Sandy makes me feel happy and sad, at the same time: happy to be unconditionally loved; sad that I haven’t learned to love with such abandon and perennial Christ-likeness.
Abortion is a wickedness that strikes deep into the heart of our community and country. It is destroying individual lives and our corporate life. “The Lord your God will cut off before you the nations you are about to invade and dispossess. They burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.” (Deuteronomy 12:29-31) Of all the sins of the pagans of Canaan, the Living God singled out the one that He found most detestable.
Sandy’s beautiful life reminds me of the importance of standing with the Prince of Life, Jesus Christ, (Acts 3:15) against the evil of abortion and euthanasia.
“We are not those who shrink back and are destroyed, but those who believe and are saved.” (Hebrews 10:39) This is my choice for a life verse for Sandy.