Life: A Gift and a Responsibility

Recently the subject of life has been on my mind. 
There is so much in our world today that seeks to cheapen the priceless gift of life that God has given to us. Our culture as a whole has numbed itself to death and bloodshed. Books, movies, and video games often times glorify violence and make it commonplace. 
In Psalm 11 it tells us that The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hates. 
Human life is precious. We are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and we’re loved by Him. I’m guessing there aren’t very many of Noveltea’s readers who would argue this point. If we found out that someone we knew was going to be murdered, we would be aghast. 
What hit me recently, though, is that there is so much death and murder going on all around me that I hardly even considered or took note of. 
If you’ve spent much time on the internet recently then you’ve doubtlessly come across some of the horrific information about abortions that are happening each day all around us. 
An unborn child’s life is just as marvelous and real as your or my life, and yet I’ve done nothing, except an occasional prayer here and there, to work at saving these precious and beautiful humans. That thought hit me pretty hard and I’ve had to ask God’s forgiveness.  
Psalm 139:13-16 says:

 For You formed my inward parts;You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

 This month I’ve been working at stepping out and doing something for these babies, and their mamas (who are precious in God’s sight, too!). I am so thankful for all of the pregnancy centers and organizations that want to help give these babies a chance to live and be born and grow up.

With knowledge comes responsibility and I cannot sit back and be silent and still.

I still need to do a lot of research, but for now I’ve started making blankets to give to these mamas and their little ones. As I make each blanket I’ve been praying for the child and mother who will receive it. It’s so hard for me to wrap my mind around that each one of these blankets that I’ve made will one day be wrapped around a little baby who someone wanted to murder.

Here are some of the things I’ve been praying for:

*That the baby will grow strong and be healthy
*That the mama will be healthy and not overwhelmed with the responsibility a new baby brings
*That the mama will find God’s peace and love
*That the baby will grow up knowing about God and His love
*That if the baby is adopted his/her adopted family will be prepared to welcome the new little one
*For the crisis pregnancy center workers to have wisdom, love, peace and grace and adequate funds

 I’m so excited about getting to be a voice for these little ones whose cries can’t be heard yet! Today while I was buying more baby yarn (quite a cart full) three ladies behind me in line asked if I was working on a project. I joyfully told them I was making blankets for pregnancy centers for babies who’s mothers had considered abortions but then didn’t want to kill their babies.

(Yes, that might sound harsh, but aborting a baby is murder.)

As I’m working on these blankets I’m filled with a love for the ladies who are having the babies as well as the babies themselves. I can’t imagine how hard of a situation some of these mothers are in and I want to do all I can to help them out.

Life is precious and I am taking a stand to defend it and be a voice for those whoes voices can’t be heard.

Suggested articles to read:
(Warning: Some of content might not be suitable for children.)

When Does Life Begin by Dr. Tommy Mitchell
Fighting Abortion – The Measure of a Just Society by Tony Perkins
Abortion: Is it Really a Matter of Life and Death? by Paul F. Taylor 

2 thoughts on “Life: A Gift and a Responsibility

  1. Esther Filbrun says:

    What a great idea, Lydia! That's seriously inspiring. Is there an organization you're sending the blankets to? Or in other words, how do you know these are going to the right people? (I'm just curious, because this looks like the kind of thing I'd love to do, too.)

    Your pattern–did you make it up? What are the dimensions of a finished blanket? I love crocheting (much more than knitting!), and I imagine it would be fun to play around with different patterns, too.

    Keep looking to Him!



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