There’s been quite the hub­bub over the release of some 24,000 emails by Sarah Palin on Fri­day, June 10 — and a thud of dis­ap­point­ment from the media in find­ing no smok­ing gun among the 300 pounds of printed correspondence.

Now, this is by no means any sort of polit­i­cal endorse­ment of Mrs. Palin. (And no, it’s not an endorse­ment of new spe­cial rev­e­la­tion from God.) But this note, sent to her fam­ily in April 2008, is touch­ing — and it speaks vol­umes about her faith:

To the Sis­ters, Brother, Grand­par­ents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends of Trig Pax­son Van Palin (or what­ever you end up nam­ing him!):

I am bless­ing you with this sur­prise baby because I only want the best for you. I’ve heard your prayers that this baby will be happy and healthy, and I’ve answered them because I only want the best for you!

I heard your heart when you hinted that another boy would fit best in the Palin fam­ily, to round it out and com­plete that start­ing five line-up.

Though another girl would be so nice, you didn’t think you could ask for what you REALLY wanted, but I knew, so I gave you a boy because I only want the best for you!

Then, I put the idea in your hearts that his name should be ‘Trig’, because it’s so fit­ting, with two Norse mean­ings: “True” and “Brave Vic­tory”. You also have a Bris­tol Bay rel­a­tive with that name, so I knew it would be best for you!

Then, I let Trig’s mom have an excep­tion­ally com­fort­able preg­nancy so she could enjoy every minute of it, and I even seemed to rush it along so she could wait until near the end to sur­prise you with the news — that way Piper wouldn’t have so long to wait and count down so many days — just like Christ­mas­time when you have to wait, impa­tiently, for that spe­cial day to finally open your gift? (Or the way the Pal­mas look for­ward to birth­day cel­e­bra­tions that go on for three, four days_ you all really like cake.) I know you, I knew you’d be bet­ter off with just a short time to wait!

Then, finally, I let Trig’s mom and dad find out before he was born that this lit­tle boy will truly be a GIFT. They were told in early tests that Trig may pro­vide more chal­lenges, and more joy, than what they ever may have imag­ined or ever asked for.

At first the news seemed unreal and sad and con­fus­ing. But I gave Trig’s mom and dad lots of time to think about it because they needed lots of time to under­stand that every­thing will be OK, in fact, every­thing will be great, because I only want the best for you!

I’ve given Trig’s mom and dad peace and joy as they wait to meet their new son. I gave them a happy antic­i­pa­tion because they asked me for that.

I’ll give all of you the same happy antic­i­pa­tion and strength to deal with Trig’s chal­lenges, but I won’t impose on you… I just need to know you want to receive my offer to be with all of you and help you every­day to make Trig’s life a great one.

This new per­son in your life can help every­one put things in per­spec­tive and bind us together and get every­one focused on what really matters.

The baby will expand your world and let you see and feel things you haven’t expe­ri­enced yet. He’ll show you what “true, brave vic­tory” really means as those who love him will think less about self and focus less on what the world tells you is “nor­mal” or “perfect*.

You will grow and be blessed with greater under­stand­ing that will he born along with Trig.Trig will be his dad’s lit­tle buddy and he’ll wear Carhartts while he learns to tin­ker in the garage. He’ll love to be read to, he’ll want to play goalie, and he’ll steal his mom’s heart just like Track, Bris­tol, Wil­low and Piper did.

And Trig will be the cud­dly, inno­cent, mis­chie­vous, depen­dent lit­tle brother that his sib­lings have been wait­ing for in fact Trig will — in some diag­nos­tic ways — always be a mis­chie­vous, depen­dent lit­tle brother, because I cre­ated him a bit dif­fer­ent than a lot of babies born into this world today.

Every child is cre­ated spe­cial, with awe­some pur­pose and amaz­ing poten­tial. Chil­dren are the most pre­cious and promis­ing ingre­di­ent in this mixed up world you live in down there on earth. Trig is no dif­fer­ent, except he has one extra chro­mo­some. Doc­tors call it “Down’s Syn­drome”, and Downs kids have chal­lenges, but can bring you much delight and more love than you can ever imag­ine! Just wait and see, let me prove this, because I only want the best for you!

Some of the rest of the world may not want him, but take com­fort in that because the world will not com­pete for him. Take care of him and he will always be yours!

Trig’s mom and dad don’t want peo­ple to focus on the baby’s extra chro­mo­some. They’re human, so they haven’t known how to explain this to peo­ple who are so car­ing and are inter­ested in this new lit­tle Alaskan. Sarah and Todd want peo­ple to share in the joy of this gift I’m giv­ing to the Palin fam­ily, and the greater Alaska family.

Many peo­ple won’t understand_ and I under­stand that. Some will think Trig should not be allowed to be born because they fear a Downs child won’t be con­sid­ered “per­fect” in your world. (But tell me, what do you earth­lings con­sider “per­fect” or even “nor­mal” any­way? Have you peeked down any gro­cery store isle, or school hall­way, or into your office lunch­room lately? Or con­sid­ered the odd celebri­ties you cel­e­brate as “per­fect” on t.v.? Have you noticed I make ‘em all shapes and sizes? Believe me, there is no “perfect”!)

Many peo­ple will express sym­pa­thy, but you don’t want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on this.

I know it will take time to grasp this and come to accept that I only want the best for you, and I only give my best. Remem­ber though: “My ways are not your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts– for as the heav­ens are higher than the earth, my ways are higher than yours!”

I wrote that all down for you in the Good Book! Look it up! You claim that you believe me — now it’s time to live out that belief!

Please look to me as this new chal­lenge and chap­ter of life unfolds in front of you. I promise to equip you. I won’t give you any­thing you can’t han­dle. I am answer­ing your prayers. Trig can’t wait to meet you. I’m giv­ing you ONLY THE BEST!

Love,

Trig’s Cre­ator, Your Heav­enly Father

Source: Andrew Malcolm’s blog L.A. Times, accessed June 13, 2011

A few of the com­ments on the L.A. Times web­site below Mr. Malcolm’s blog are unsur­pris­ingly hate­ful and vile. But clearly, many peo­ple have been touched by this email.