At Christmas time it isn't uncommon for a church to put on a Christmas Nativity to honor the birth of Jesus. And this church is creating a very special Nativity thanks to local children with Down Syndrome and a message for the broken. When this priest and his wife discovered their daughter, Leeva, had Down Syndrome they were filled with a mix of emotions.
From the joy of a new birth to a fear that this could be a disaster, they were left wondering why. Why had God brought them a little girl with so many challenges. For a long time this mom prayed looking for an answer. She felt she was getting nothing. But it was then that she realized God was taking time to show her that nothing was wrong with Leeva but rather that she was looking at Leeva all wrong.
What God taught this momma is not unlike the struggle that Mary went through. The baby God gave Mary was nothing like the one she planned. But when we trust our lives to the Lord we trust that His plan is greater than anything we could ever imagine. Seeing all of these children and young men and women with Down Syndrome come together to tell their very special version of the Nativity is truly moving.
How they tell the story of the birth of Jesus as a reminder that Jesus came down to be with us is powerful. God was with Mary through the struggle of telling Joseph God's plan, God was with Leeva's mother as she grieved what she had planned for her baby girl and God is with all of us no matter what we are going through. This Nativity story truly said it best "He came to our darkness from Heaven above. He stooped to the crib and the cross out of love. He shared in our weakness, meekness and mess, and still he embraced us nevertheless.
If you're feeling rejected, excluded, a stranger, remember the one who came down to the manger." What a beautiful message from God's most joyful children!
Watch this Down Syndrome Christmas Nativity!
Credit: Speak Life
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