I have read some awesome stories lately that really touched my heart. They are about babies who were born under the cloud of doctors “knowing” they did not have a chance. I thought I’d share them with you, since they say a lot about what we really know about life, and when it is “viable”.
The first story is about a baby born just short of 22 weeks gestational age. The truly poignant part of the story is that this little girl wouldn’t even be alive if her mother had not lied. It seems that where she was born, doctors won’t even try to save a baby that is born before 22 weeks of age. This little girl is now almost 2 years old, and a normal, healthy toddler. This, in spite of the fact, that doctors “know” that a child so young at birth has no chance to live. If the mother had not wanted the baby, she still had more than two weeks to decide to get a legal abortion. It’s an amazing, moving story. You can read it here. You can see a photo of the little one at birth here.
Another story is about a little boy who survived an abortion. He is now almost 2, and is healthy as well. These parents desperately wanted a baby, but was told the baby had a disease that had caused the death of the couple’s first child. They decided they couldn’t take the pain of losing another baby, so decided to end his life before he was born instead. The hospital goofed, and the baby was born. He may require surgery at some point, but is a healthy little toddler at this point. You can read about him here.
Obviously, my point in posting these links is not just to give you a warm fuzzy. It’s to get you to think about what we are doing when it comes to handling the lives of our children and grandchildren. It’s easy to forget that the idea that life begins at birth is not in the Bible. It didn’t even come from the scientific community; it came about because of a supreme court decision: people that are not doctors or theologians, and may not even be believers. The court made a rather arbitrary decision that since very young babies couldn’t live outside their mother’s body they weren’t people, and therefore not worthy of legal protection: a decsion not based on science of theology, but on politics.
It’s time to wake up to the reality of life from a Kingdom perspective rather than just looking at it from an earthly perspective. It doesn’t really matter what we think, or what makes “sense”, or what is convenient, or even what our highest national court says. What really matters is what God says: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you;” (Jer 1:5) Let our response to His gift of life be the same as the psamlist David’s: “For You formed my [my child’s] inward parts; You covered me [her/him] in my [his/her] mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am [she/he is] fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” (Ps. 139:13-14)