Imagine a young couple in your congregation with an infant on the way – their first-born son.  Now imagine that child with a fatal birth defect that will likely keep him from being born, or at least will certainly mean an extraordinarily short life.

How you handle this impending tragedy shows much about your outlook on life and the sovereignty of God. How your church responds shows how well you have taught them about love and compassion and community.

99Balloons is a video and blog site about little Elliott, born with a hole in his lungs and damaged DNA. The video is a series of letters from his dad explaining what is going on day by day.

Some would say a child so imperfect has no value. His dad saw him as a person with infinite value, and used the experience to teach the rest of us the same lesson.

I commend to you the story of Elliot.