Often, in the “Do you want a boy or girl?” conversation, one innocent phrase pops up at the conclusion…
“As long as he or she has 10 fingers and 10 toes, right?”
or a phrase similar to it. (“As long as it’s healthy, we don’t care what the gender.”)
A few weeks ago, I had such a phrase interjected into one of my conversations. I smiled politely without thinking twice about the statement; but now I’m not so sure I agree. Actually, I don’t agree with it all.
You see, I believe that even those people born with disabilities, diseases, abnormalities, and mental handicaps have been shaped and created by God. I may not understand why God allows these things to exist, but I do know every person, no matter his capabilities or health, has a purpose in life and is cherished just as much as any healthy person.
I pray daily for our child’s health… but if our son or daughter should be born without 10 fingers or toes, or not “perfectly healthy”, my love for him or her will not diminish.