Last week’s in Noah’s class his teachers wrote out a dream they had for each student. As you can see below their dream for Noah is that he would continue and learn. In other words, that he would never give up, and would keep moving forward in life.
My wife and I both thought that was a kind gesture on their part and we’re thankful for the role they play in his life. It also made me think about some of the dreams that I have for Noah, and for every person on this planet with Down syndrome.
One of the first “dreams” in Dr. King’s famous speech is
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
My wife and I think Dr. King certainly would have included people with special needs in his dream, and we appreciate all of the work he did to promote equality for all people. Since today is Martin Luther King Jr day I wanted to share a few of the dreams I have for my son (and others like him.)
I Have A Dream..For Everyone With Down Syndrome
I have a dream that our world would come to value all human life. From the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.
I have a dream that all babies known to have Down syndrome in the womb will be brought to full term. That all Doctors, everywhere, will deliver a Down syndrome diagnosis the right way.
I have a dream that mommies and daddies everywhere will let truth trump fear and give their little children the right to life that they all deserve.
I have a dream that all educators will do all they can to help children with Down syndrome grow, develop, and reach their full potential. That they will take time to listen to parents, and explain any concerns they have. That they will understand the unique ability of every child, realizing that they want to be included, loved, and encouraged just like any other.
I have a dream that as a child with Down syndrome grows into his teenage years that they will grow up being accepted and invited in by their peers. That they wouldn’t be looked at as someone who is “different” but accepted as someone who is unique, like every other people on the planet.
I have a dream that as a teenager with Down syndrome grows into his adult years they will be given responsibilities and allowed them to make meaningful contributions to their families, churches, communities, and jobs. That people would’t stare at them or be afraid of because of what they don’t know, but that they would ask questions and get to know them. That they would make and develop friendships and be welcomed by others.
I have a dream that people wouldn’t like at people with Down syndrome and think about all the things they think they can’t do. Instead they would look at them and understand the sky’s the limit for them, and parents (like my wife and I) find great hope in that.
I have a dream that medical research would continue to grow and that we would find cures for diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer, and congenital heart defects.
I have a dream that our society would value ever person on this planet, not because of what they look like or what sort of contribution they can make, but simply because they are a human being.
Most of all I have a dream that every person with Down syndrome would come to know and understand that they were fearfully and wonderfully made in the very image of God, and that God has a plan and purpose for their life. They are loved by the King of Kings. And my dream (and prayer) is that they would come to know the God who created them through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
This is my dream and my prayer, what dreams do you have for your child? Leave it in the comments below – And feel free to use the social media buttons at the top of this post to share it as you’d like.