I announced on Monday that my wife and I are having a new baby. I was, and am so excited I almost don’t know what to do with myself. While rejoicing in this, it got me thinking about what an incredible, and beautiful thing a new life is…and what an incredible gift it is.
There are innumerable processes that take place in the human body to even allow such a thing to happen, too many for me to number now. But to look at the transformation that takes place, from the embryo growing inside of my wife, to the little girl that now runs, talks, yells, cries, laughs, dances, and jumps around my house, is too much for words to even capture. She is the embodiment of the fullness of life. Free of worry, free of shame, free to just live.
This observation is three fold….first, how could anyone ever look into the eyes of a child, and take his/her life? I know the extenuating circumstances…What if the woman was raped? What if the baby will be handicapped? What if the mother is a teenager? But, the bottom line is that those circumstances, which are so adamantly thrown around to defend this practice, are not the norm…they are anomalies. In fact statistics tell us that most women who have abortions have them because the baby would not fit their lifestyle at that time.
We have to see life as valuable, as precious, as beautiful…as a little girl, twirling in our living room, who could have never been had followed the trend that we could not afford to have her at the time
Second, I want to reflect on and celebrate life, because it is truly a gift from God. We are not here by accident, we are designed, planned and purposed for a specific role in our given time on earth. And in Christ, we can be as a child, free of guilt and shame… free of worry and fear…free of feeling like life is one series of meaningless events after another, as we grow closer in our pursuit of him.