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Parenting Special-Needs Children

Sharon's prenatal ultrasound looked ominous. She knew others with similar
ultrasounds who had delivered perfectly normal children, but all
indications were that her child had Down Syndrome. He was one of those
infants who typically wind up in the trash, either aborted or abandoned.
Because of their worldview, however, Sharon and Burt Kettinger chose to
keep the child.

B. J. was a month premature, with two heart defects. Vital functions
stopped three times in a twenty-four-hour period. He was hospitalized
nearly five months. Surrounded by specialists, the parents soon found life
very exhausting. Complicating it further were insurance challenges. A
doctor belittled Sharon, saying she had acted "very irresponsibly" in
bringing one "like him" into the world.

B. J. couldn't walk until age 3. At age 15, he still has trouble with
speech. Yet when anyone says "Down Syndrome child," his parents Burt and
Sharon respond, "He is first a child, who happens to have Down Syndrome."
Four out of five marriages in this situation, break up under the strain.
When a father sees the long-term commitment required, he often abandons
the mother at the time she needs help most.

The Kettingers stayed together, but a "special needs child" needs
supplemental help. Church friends arranged transportation for Sharon's
fifty-eight-mile daily round trip to the hospital. Neighbors helped with
laundry, vacuuming, and meals. A nurse watched B. J. so Sharon could
attend church.

And the exhaustion in part destroys the families, so parents critically
need relief. Parents need time away from their child so they can focus on
their relationship. Friends have stayed with B. J., once for twelve days.
One church provides a regular respite evening for children, including
some 40- or 50-year-olds.

To make it all work Burt stresses the need for volunteer training,
spiritual responsibility, and patience, and familiar with C.P.R. Sign
language can be helpful, and a hundred details need to be in place. It
demands that the Church be the Church.

Burt says, "God isn't looking for experts, but those who are willing and
not afraid to learn." Kids with special needs will respond more slowly,
but their emotions are intact. Praise and humor go a long way.

B. J. is a Big Job, but he's also a Big Joy. Burt observes, "B. J. can make
almost anyone smile. He has unending empathy for others. . . . In terms of
heart and spirit, he outdoes us." When he earned AWANA's Timothy Award,
another child exclaimed, "Wow, he's pretty smart for being retarded!"

What does it mean to be pro-life? Just signing petitions and affirming an
abstract concept? Or responding to needs when you meet a couple who
followed their pro-life convictions by giving birth to a "special needs
child" they could have aborted?

We salute the Kettingers and others who have ignored the "pro-choice"
rhetoric and made the difficult, courageous choice -- giving birth to a
child they knew would have "special needs." And three cheers for all the
volunteers who have helped out over the years. Parents like this need a
hand -- not just in applause, but in lifting the extra burden.

Burt summarizes, "It's one thing to sing, 'Blessed is he who comes in the
Name of the Lord,' but another to be the one coming in God's stead."



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THE TRUTH ABOUT INVESTMENTS

STOCK: A magical piece of paper that is worth $33.75 until the moment
you buy it. It will then be worth $8.50.

BOND: What you had with your spouse until you pawned his/her golf clubs
to invest in Amazon.com.

BROKER: The person you trust to help you make major financial decisions.
Please note the first five letters of this word spell "Broke".

BEAR: What your trade account and wallet will be when you take a flyer
on that hot stock tip your secretary gave you.

BULL: What your broker uses to explain why your mutual funds tanked
during the last quarter.

MARGIN: Where you scribble the latest quotes when you're supposed to be
listening to your manager's presentation.
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A careful study of economics usually reveals that the best
time to buy anything is last year.

No one should live by the early bird policy without finding
out whether he classifies as a bird or a worm.

Sign on a clothing store - Come inside and have a fit.
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In a hambulance.
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for Christianity. This was the religion of the founders of the republic,
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When I Fall

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HeartOfMyHeart

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Too Young

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My Little Corner

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Chances Are

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Stranger On The Shore

I'll Be Seeing You

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Down Yonder

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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16


When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts


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