October 12, 2011
Its hard to believe this picture isn't a photograph of a sleeping baby but rather is a sonogram of a 36-week old 'fetus'. I think of those who would say that this isn't a true Life. I don't know how they could look at Gabriel's picture and say that. Just look at that face... Snuggled up, safe and secure with his mommy, in the womb. The picture reminds me of this Psalm.131:2 "But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a well-fed child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me." And the love Haley feels for Gabe is like the love of mothers down through the years. It's a God-given love that is at our very core. God understood it when he spoke in Isaiah 49:15 saying,“Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!
There should be no safer place for a child, than with it's mother. Even the animal kingdom knows this. Just try crossing a bear or lioness with their cubs and you will find out how fiercely and violently they will defend their young. Yet as most of the Church remains silent, every day millions of women selfishly choose to end the life of their unborn babies as a form of birth control. This behavior goes against the most basic of natural instincts...Yet it happens every day as the world applauds our right to choose and the judges of the land uphold our 'choice' as reasonable...
But the Word of God says:
"God presides over heaven's court. He pronounces judgment on the judges. 'How long will you judges hand down unjust decisions? How long will you shower special favors on the wicked? Give fair judgment to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and the helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people. But the oppressors know nothing; they are so ignorant! And because they are in darkness, the whole world is shaken to the core'... Rise up, O God and judge the earth, for all the nations belong to You." Ps 82:1-8.
There is a day of reckoning coming to our nation and to mankind. God WILL make wrong things right, but until then, who will stand up for the voiceless? Who will rescue the poor and helpless? Who will give justice to the widow and the orphan?
Let it begin with you and I. We really can make an impact. I saw this article posted by one of my facebook friends about a young lady who overheard a converation while getting her hair cut and her obedience to speak about LIFE, saved a life. http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/i-just-went-to-get-my-hair-done-and-saved-a-baby-from-abortion-instead.
Our sweet Gabriel is loved and cherished and wanted. He's been blessed to be born into a family who already values and loves him. But sadly so many babies as precious and full of potential as our little Gabe won't get the chance to live and fulfill their potential. Trust me, I understand how people make mistakes and I do get how overwhelming it must be for young mothers in difficult circumstances to think of being responsible for a child. But death is never the answer. There really ARE other options out there. Adoption is dear to God's heart. It is at the very core of the gospel message.
"So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God's Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, "Abba, Father." Romans 8:15
If you or someone you know is thinking of getting an abortion, please contact http://www.bound4life.com/ or a similar life organization that will help you. There are so many families, deeply desiring to adopt, many with a burden for special-needs babies. Just through facebook alone I personally know of several ministries that serve through placing babies in loving homes. Please let me or someone else know if you need the name of these organizations.
Every single life is valuable to God. Your life is very valuable to Him. He took what we deserved- death and hell and instead gave us what He, the sinless Son of God deserved- life and heaven. He did it because He loves us. He loves YOU. You are as cherished to Him as our little Gabe is to us. Choose Jesus and you choose LIFE.
And Church, let's let our voice be heard. Even the most simple encounter could mean the difference between life and death. We must realize how dear this is to our Father's heart. Even Dr Seuss said in Horton Hears a Who, "A person's a person, no matter how small". And I know Gabe agrees. His little voice is already being heard loud and clear :).
1 O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave,[a] you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me,[b] O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!...
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.