Guest Blog: When Broken Becomes Beautiful

A special guest blog from author Natalie Falls.

When I looked down at Elias, his newborn body molded to my arm, I couldn’t help but question his life. He wasn’t the story I planned for. He wasn’t what I dreamed of or even wanted. I cried and felt an overwhelming amount of guilt as these thoughts saturated my mind.

The day I found out my son had Down syndrome, was the day I became a different person. I questioned God. I was angry with God.

Today, I am thankful that God new exactly what I needed. He had to break me down, even if it was through my own flesh and blood.

I had never questioned God with his direction in my life before this point. Everything was going as I had planned. My life was pretty easy. But in the darkness of the unknown I have learned something very important. God uses difficult circumstances to bring beauty out of my life.

I have always been a creative person. Good music and art have been an inspiration to me. But now things are different. The way I value creativity have changed since Elias was born. When I sit down to write. When I capture images with my camera. My heart beats to a different rhythm and my soul knows a different kind of value.

Four years ago I held my son with Down syndrome and I questioned God’s purpose for my life and my son’s life. During that time I had no idea that he was stirring a passion inside of me. He has opened my eyes to a whole knew understanding of what beauty really is. The broken have become precious. The despised have become valuable. What I create is more than what I want to write about or what I want to capture. It is inspired by the Maker of the universe.


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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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