This Father's Day was, in all likelyhood, the only Father's Day I will spend with all three of my children. Rachel is lying on my lap right now, and its almost too much to read the above sentence. Needless to say, it was both sweet beyond words and very difficult.
http://www.abbeydale.org/, click on the "sermons" tab, and click on "listen" beside the June 20th sermon.
Here is a bit of the last part of it:
"If what it means to be human is not a certain level of achievement or ability, but rather to have a capacity for god – a responsiveness to God and receptivity to his Spirit – then that means that we who confess God as our Father must be the first to recognize those like Rachel as full persons, as deserving of love and respect as the most skilled and accomplished person we encounter. It means that those who are born with bodies that are broken and sick, those whose personalities cannot develop, whose intellects will never flourish – these are fully human because they are created and therefore have a capacity for God nevertheless...
The glory of God is a person fully alive. And that is Rachel as much or more so than the most skilled and accomplished person on the earth, because as a created being she too has a capacity for God. Her worth is related to her being, not her functional utility. And we need to learn from her and others like her, who have nothing to offer in terms of skills or accomplishments, who have “only” their capacity for God. I want to conclude with this. If God is our Father, he is a Father who has a special heart for the poor, the vulnerable, the weak members of human society – not because these need the most help, though they may, but because they teach us what it means to be fully human, to have a capacity for God. Power and talent and achievement are more often distractions from full personhood than manifestations of it. Rachel is teaching us what it means to be fully human.