is a transliteration of the Greek word, εγερσις, which has the meaning of being roused to life. Thus, it is my hope that what you find on this blog will empower, arouse, stimulate, excite, and animate your life--your soul, your spirit--the wholeness of who you are.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Seeing Down Syndrome

For years, I have helped with our church’s Harvest Festival. This year a woman with Down syndrome came to the festival. She was thirty-one years old, but she looked like a child. She was dressed as a witch. She came to my booth, the beanbag toss. Carefully, she aimed and threw the bags. She was focused and intent upon getting one through a decorated hole in the backboard. She missed most of them, but when one of the bags soared through a hole, she clapped her hands, jumped up and down, and grinned widely. She was a woman with the spirit of a child.

I thought about the words of Jesus, “Unless you become like one of these children, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.” What does it mean to become like a child? Does it mean to squeal with excitement? To clap and jump? To grin widely?

Somehow, entering the kingdom as a child speaks of enjoyment in the moment, presence in the moment, full participation in the moment. I want to be a woman with the spirit of a child. I want to participate in the kingdom as it is in the moment. As it is that place of shalom. A place of welcoming, of hospitality, of peace, of presence. I want to be a child in that kingdom.

Day eleven of the Thirty Days of Seeing

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