God could have prevented every disability we know today, but he didn’t. And he has ten thousand reasons why.
We get a lot of hard emails — hard emails to read because they articulate very hard struggles in the dark places of life. Today’s email is such a one, from Josh in Ohio.
“Pastor John, my wife and I have been praying for a child for over two-and-a-half years. A year ago we got pregnant for the first time, but it ended with a miscarriage. We continued to pray and we got pregnant again seventeen weeks ago. Now the doctors are saying our son probably has a chromosomal abnormality, likely Down syndrome.
“We are not high risk for this. My wife is 28. I’m 31. There are so many terrifying scenarios ahead. I struggle to see God’s goodness in this. We prayed for years for God to give us a child that is healthy, and that we would grow to love him. It feels like he is stealing our joy and peace. I know that he works good for all those who love him, and that good is to be more like his Son. But it seems cruel to afflict my son with a disease just to teach me a lesson. Please help us make sense of this.”