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Emma Loves Teddy

“My Brother, Teddy,” is a New York Times Op-Doc about young Emma who likes a lot of things, but LOVES her brother Teddy. Emma was 3 years old when Teddy was born with a viral infection that caused him to have severe brain damage, which led to cerebral palsy. In this op-doc, Emma can’t help but see past Teddy’s limitations because of all the wonderful things Teddy can do, such as laugh at her jokes.

Spanning over 5 years, this op-doc also looks at some of the challenges of raising a child with cerebral palsy, but puts a greater emphasis on loving these special children for who they are and their value as human beings. Emma is now 10 and Teddy is 7, and their bond is still as strong as it has ever been. Truly a wonderful piece to view.

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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  1. Unique situation for Emma to accept at a young age but very special that she embraces it with a tender heart of love and compassion! The way she interacts with her brother demonstrates how much she cares for him.
    It reminds me of our helpless conditions before God and His tender care towards us no matter the cost. In our brokenness, God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet in our rebellious and sinful condition, Christ died for us.to deliver us from the grip that sin has over us… Oh what love, what mercy, and what grace!

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