You know – he’s not sick

This follows on from the thinking about how we have structured our society which I was looking at after Sally Phillips’ film about Downs Syndrome. (It’s a couple of blogs back) If you have time, have a watch it’s only a couple of minutes. (I needed a tissue) It’s a father talking about his son. His son lives with a terrible diagnosis, yet his father’s radical claim says that we don’t put him away – we put him first – and all the good and real things follow on afterwards.

It reminded me of this

Matthew 6:33The Message (MSG)

30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Which is obviously this

Matthew 6:33King James Version (KJV)

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

What does this dad feel he has missed out on when it comes to a “normal” life? I would guess nothing. I am so challenged at the moment by the radical nature of Jesus’ “agenda” and how it is so rarely reflected in me. I’m woolly on this, you are probably all ahead of me. I read on Tracing Rainbows this morning that Ang said she felt she needed to show more love and have more faith. This is certainly true and for me, it maybe needs to be reflected in a completely different set of values about the value of life, getting rid of a stupid fear of missing out and seeing things and people the way that God sees them.

Here endeth the incoherent rant. 



  1. October 21, 2016 / 8:24 am

    Thank you for this post and the video clip. I would say more, but my eyes are full of tears…

  2. October 25, 2016 / 5:46 am

    I've returned to this so many times since you posted it. Thank you.

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