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As many people already know, this past Sunday was Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Our pastor preached a wonderful sermon, using Scripture to point out how special life is – even life in the womb. Rather than repeat everything that he has already said, you can listen to his sermon here.
To reiterate, though, here are a few verses that relate to the unborn child:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” ~Jeremiah 1:5
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” ~Psalm 127:3
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” ~Psalm 139:13-16
“Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?” ~Job 31:15
“And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength—” ~Isaiah 49:5
You can find more about what the Bible says about the beginning of life over at the Focus on the Family website.
Did you know that, here in the United States, 1.1 million babies are aborted each year? That’s about 2 abortions taking place EVERY. SINGLE. MINUTE.
I think that abortion has become “the easy way out” – the easy way to “right a wrong”. But, as my girls and I were discussing the sermon on Sunday afternoon, we were reminded of the old saying – “two wrongs don’t make a right” – in other words, if a woman has made a “mistake”, committing murder to “fix” the mistake isn’t going to work.
And you know what? God knew about – and planned – each and every one of those 1.1 million babies. He may have very well had a very special purpose planned for their lives. But, because those lives were snuffed out too soon, we shall never know.
I do know one thing though — I am so very thankful for the two women living half-way around the world who chose life for their babies so that our family could be made complete. The girls and I talked about this too. I can only imagine how very difficult it must have been to be an unwed mother experiencing an unexpected pregnancy in a third world country. Not only is there not proper prenatal care, but in many cases an unwed mother is shunned. Abortion sure would seem to be the easy way out of a situation like that. Yet, these two mothers (and many more) made the decision to carry those babies to term – despite the backlash they may have experienced. And, then they went even further and chose adoption as well. I’m sure that, too, must have been a difficult decision. I can’t imagine carrying a baby inside for 9 months, only to have to give that baby up, knowing that you didn’t have the means or the support to care for that child.
I look at my children (and they are just 2 of many children whose birth mothers chose life for them) and I’m amazed at the talents and abilities that God has blessed them with . . . Gracie with the ability to think and reason and play the piano and the violin so beautifully and Ian with the ability to sing so sweetly and always make those around him smile. What would the world be like without them? My world would be a very lonely, quiet place; I know that much. I don’t know what plans God has for their lives; but I do know this – He formed them in their mother’s wombs and, even before that, he knew them and had a plan for their lives. A plan that could have been quickly destroyed had their mothers chosen abortion.
Did you know that right now, here in the USA, there are 2 million families waiting for a child? 2 million couples who are unable to have children of their own and would gladly give an unwanted child a home, regardless of race, gender, or even special needs? That is enough families to take EVERY SINGLE BABY whose life is ended through abortion each year. In fact, I know several families right now – dear friends of mine or sweet relatives – who would love nothing more than to open their homes and hearts to one of these babies.
So, why do more people choose abortion over adoption? I honestly don’t know. I have friends who have chosen abortion, and regret it every single day of their lives. No matter what the pro-choice advocates are saying, there’s nothing easy about abortion.
I especially love this quote, from the article linked above:
“… we need to stop referring to adoption as “giving up” a mother’s baby. She is not giving up her baby. Giving up is equated with failure and bad decisions. In reality, adoption has nothing to do with giving up and everything to do with giving life – life instead of death. Adoption gives life and a family to your child.”
So, which is easier? Abortion or Adoption?
Really, that shouldn’t be the question at all. Rather, we should ask, “Which is RIGHT?”