Sometimes, it feels like we are endlessly campaigning for inclusive opportunities. I don’t feel that we are unreasonable in our requests, but often, it’s uncharted territory and a learning experience for all involved. It can be frustrating and lonely, insisting that Alex is capable of participating in activities that so many of us take for granted.
But other times, inclusion just comes along so naturally and I can sit back and admire how easy it can be. Alex loves serving as an usher at King Avenue UMC, and his involvement is welcomed and embraced with smile after smile as he greets people, passes out bulletins, and helps collect the offering.
As I watched him this week, I realized that his turn to usher this time falls in Down Syndrome Awareness Month. It wasn’t planned that way, but what a timely illustration that people with Down syndrome are equal and able members of their community.
We are grateful for our inclusive and supportive church family. Inclusion truly matters there, for everyone, and it is a joy to spend time in such a wonderful environment.