Carol Round on The World Needs More Audras


“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden”—Matthew 5:14 (ESV).

Her bright, sequined clothing captured my attention. So did her jewelry. Wrapped around her left arm had to be at least a half-dozen sparkling bracelets. Sitting to my left in church, the girl was seated in a wheelchair. A man, whom I assumed was her father, sat in the pew next to her.

During our church’s short meet-and-greet “someone you didn’t come to church with,” I met them. When I walked over to shake their hands, the girl looked down, as if she were shy. She didn’t even acknowledge me when I said, “I love your glittery clothes.”

I introduced myself to her father. He introduced me to Audra, saying, “She’s hard of hearing.” Leaning down so I could get closer to Audra, I repeated my words, adding her name this time. Raising her head, she smiled at me.

A Smile to Light the World

Audra’s smile revealed an inner light, an unspeakable joy. It was then that I noticed she had Down’s Syndrome. But it wasn’t the first thing I noticed about her.

Although it was her clothing that first drew my attention, it was overshadowed by the radiance emanating from her spirit. Her smile grew as she grasped my hand and stood up.

Wrapping her arms around me, Audra hugged me tightly. Then, this precious girl kissed my cheek. Drawn to her sweet spirit, I replied, “You are so beautiful, Audra,” and I returned her hug. Smiling, she replied, “I love you.”

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Carol Round

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