BY STEVE DUNN
Today, if all goes well, one of the young couples in the church in which I serve will become first-time parents. The doctors are going to induce labor and if everything goes smoothly and quickly, they may even be parents by the time that you read this post. We had special prayer for them and their new daughter in church yesterday and they are at the top of my prayer list today.
Dianne and I have been parents four times and in November will become grandparents for the eighth time. I can think few greater joys than the birth of a new baby. They are indeed gifts of God to us who have the privilege of being parents. It is my firm belief that they had been people since the day of their conception. The Psalmist David declares,
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be. – Psalm 139.13-16 NIV
The life of a baby, as with all human life, is sacred. No laws of any land, nor preferences of a mother or father, can change that reality. The act of conception is not merely a sexual act, it is partnership with our Creator. Even if our intention is not so noble does not make it simply a choice. And even if that life will be a special needs life does not diminish that it is human life and therefore sacred indeed.
I pray that my young couple will indeed treat the life of their daughter as sacred and see their role in parenting is a sacred partnership with God. If so, their daughter will be blessed beyond measure.
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