A Celebration of Amanda’s Life
“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
~ Matthew 19:14
Amanda’s name means “worthy of love.” We had no idea, at the time of her adoption, how profoundly, meaningfully true, that would become. The day after she was born, we were told by the doctor, “If you want a healthy, normal child, I recommend you not take her.” We were faced with a choice! After many prayers and tears, we stepped out in faith, trusting that the Lord would meet our needs, not knowing what the future would hold. She was our “special” assignment, our gift from God.
When Amanda was 3 months old, after having apnea spells (stopping breathing), she was diagnosed with brain atrophy, microcephaly, a seizure disorder, clubfeet, retardation, and a heart defect. She was never to walk, talk, or even chew her food. She never grew over 53 pounds. She was totally dependent! Gal. 4:13,14 says,”Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.” She was someone the world would consider an undesirable, a drain on society, better off to be aborted. In reality, her value of life far surpassed the exterior the world could see. In her humble, simple life, God used her to touch more hearts than we’ll ever know. We’ve been blessed with a great privilege to serve our Lord in such a way!
It’s impossible to imagine what it would be like to go through life in such a condition. It makes our problems seem so small in comparison. She loved applesauce, riding the bus to school, and of course, her friends at school. She became so excited, with the biggest grin, when her dad or brother would play the guitar, or even let her strum it. How many people do you know that don’t feel worthy at all? God could never use me. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
Amanda was finally healed from all her infirmities in July of 2001, when she passed away, at the age of 18.