Updated version of Heavens Very Special Child
Many years ago, the family decided to keep Ruth [their child with Down's Syndrome], with them and bring her up in the family as a very special person. The poem is a statement of their philosophy about the ”blessings” of such a child.
In recent years, the word “disabled” is many times used in place of the word “handicapped”, and Edna Massimilla has therefore published an updated version of the poem, “Heaven”s Very Special Child”, as follows:
Heaven’s Very Special Child
A meeting was held quite far from Earth.
It’s time again for another birth
Said the Angels to the Lord above
“This special child will need much love.
Her progress may seem very slow.
Accomplishments she may not show,
And she”ll require extra care
From the folks she meets down there.
She may not run, or laugh, or play-
Her thoughts may seem quite far away.
So many times she will be labeled
”different”, helpless”, and ”disabled”.
So let’s be careful where she”s sent.
We want her life to be content.
Please, Lord, find the parents who
Will do a special job for You.
They will not realize right away
The leading role they are asked to play.
But, with this child sent from above
Comes stronger faith and richer love.
And soon they’ll know the privilege given
In caring for their gift from Heaven.
Their precious charge, so meek and mild
Is Heaven”s Very Special Child”.
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