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Hope Schwartz

Hope Schwartz is pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology and Social Justice at Northeastern Seminary. She attends Hess Road Wesleyan Church in Newfane, N.Y.

A Glitch in God’s Intentions?

It was three years ago that my sister delivered her first child. The birth produced many tears, dreams for the future, and much excitement as the family came together to provide this child an atmosphere through which he would be able to learn, grow, and develop into his own person. Days turned into weeks, weeks into months, and months into years as we patiently watched him learn how to crawl, walk, and graduate to baby food. Books were read, games were played, and inaudible responses of love and thankfulness were received with joy. It wasn’t until recently that we realized that he wasn’t speaking real words. At three years he was still making noises and crying in order to communicate his needs.

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