I live in Virginia, and I am still reeling about the Democratic Governor Northam’s comments on late term abortion. He wants to pass legislation allowing late term abortion. Based on his comments, this is no longer abortion. He talks about delivering a live baby and allowing the newborn infant to die.
When I found out that I was pregnant for the first time, my husband and I were happy and excited. When I went to the doctor and discovered there was no heart beat, I was sad and cried at my loss. I lost my baby. When you lose a baby, it is like giving birth, but instead of delivering a baby, you deliver a placenta. I always believed it was a baby. I would not cry over a clump of cells. I had two more miscarriages, and each miscarriage was more devastating than the last. After 3 miscarriages, I asked my church to pray for me. Six weeks later, I was pregnant. I loved hearing the baby’s heart beat, seeing my baby wiggle around, and I cherished my sonogram pictures seeing my baby’s head, body, arms and legs. Nine months later, I had a beautiful baby boy. Almost 2 years later, I asked the church to pray that I have another baby. Nine months later, God blessed us with a beautiful baby girl. I know that my children are a gift from God. I prayed for each of them, and God answered my prayers. All children are a blessing from God.
Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
–Psalm 127:3 (NIV)
Since I prayed for my babies, I believe God gave me my children. In the bible the scriptures mention how God knew Jeremiah before he was conceived, and the angel had given Jesus his name before he was conceived. God knows each of us before we are formed in our mother’s womb. God not only knows us before we are conceived, God has plans for us. God not only knew Jeremiah, he appointed him as a prophet for all nations, before he was conceived.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
–Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)
Before Jesus was born, an angel went to Mary to share God’s plans with her. God even had a name for the baby. “He was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.” Again, God had plans for his son, before he was born. The old testament cites God’s plan to send a savior to the world over a hundred times, before the savior was born in the new testament.
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
–Luke 2:21 (NIV)
The bible tells us that God knows us before we are conceived. Once we are conceived, each baby starts growing and getting ready to come into the world. God is planning for each of us before conception. How does abortion fit into God’s plan? Its not part of God’s plan for us. If someone had an abortion and seeks forgiveness, God will forgive. God will also take away all the hurt and brokenness from losing a child and give peace. After I had three miscarriages, God gave me peace that was stronger than the pain of loss.
Your word, Lord, is eternal;
it stands firm in the heavens.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
you established the earth, and it endures.
Your laws endure to this day,
for all things serve you.
–Psalm 119:89-91 (NIV)
God has plans for each of us before we are conceived. The bible is God’s living word. The bible is not out dated or irrelevant. It stands firm in the heavens. God is faithful to us through generations. We die and God remains, as the creator who established earth. Time moves forward, and things on earth change. God’s laws endure the test of time. All things serve God. So, why aren’t we following God’s plan?