Monday, July 26, 2010

Pure happiness.....

Jonathan and James
Spring 2001

Today I was sorting through a large storage box filled with pictures of years past. I ran across the picture above and it melted my heart. My mind was flooded with memories of long ago when Jonathan truly filled the shoes of a big brother. Now James the little brother by 2.1 years passes Jonathan up in size and ability. The tables have now turned, James acts like the big brother and Jonathan's protector. It's neat to see where they stand as brothers. Jonathan admires James, and looks to him for direction. In the picture I'm reminded of how happy Jonathan always was when James was around. He is still as happy today with James, he loves James very deeply.

The happiness for which our souls ache is one undisturbed by success or failure, one which will root deeply inside us and give inward relaxation, peace, and contentment, no matter what the surface problems may be. That kind of happiness stands in need of no outward stimulus.

~Billy Graham

When I read this the first person I thought of with such an attitude and outlook was Jonathan, he knows such happiness. I find it funny that people often times look at him with pity, thinking that he was slighted in life because he has Down Syndrome. No need to pity him for having been born with Ds, a hearing loss, and medical issues, the Lord has blessed him beyond measure. For what the world sees as imperfection was made perfect in His image, and Jonathan's soul, happiness, and attitude reflect just that!


Lyndi said...

Jonathan is definately not a child to be pitied, he shines so brightly!!

Cinnamon said...

That is beautiful~


Karol said...

Beautiful. When we lost our precious Laynee, we not only lost our beautiful child, we lost Down Syndrome. I ache for DS and it's simplicity. Many people have told us "well, at least she no longer has Down Syndrome." This hurts deep and we tell them "we think maybe everyone in heaven has DS" They know better than any of us how to love without conditions.

Amy said...

Such a sweet post!!!

JennyH said...

Awe. So sweet. I'm sure some day I will look back and do the same.

I love those photos from last Wednesday, with the truck. What a way to get around! She is one lucky little girl!

Emily said...

What a beautiful post. I was amazed at how well behaved Jonathan was on Sunday. You would never know he has the challenges that he has.

I have a sister with DS. Her name is Melanie and she will be 49 in November. You can see a picture of her here. She's the little on the end with the short dark hair. She lives with my parents and is just a blessing to us all. Her world is happy and there is no reason at all to "pity" her. Quite often I feel we are the ones who need the "pity". She is content and finds pleasure in all the little things.