The life of a child

We went to one of the saddest funerals yesterday. It was for a baby whose precious little heart stopped in the womb of a young lady in our church family. We cried and mourned with this precious couple and their family as picture upon picture of their bright faces full of anticipation of their unborn child appeared on the huge screens in the auditorium. Then came the pictures with shocked and heartbroken looks as they cradled and kissed the much-loved baby before the still little body was taken away.

The husband is a pastor, and both husband and wife are singers who have released CDs. My favorite song that the husband sings is "Through the Fire." I've often thought no one sings it with more talent than this young man. However, when he sang it Sunday before the funeral, there was a power beyond talent in it that sent the words deep into the souls of listeners. There is no more powerful testimony than touching words spoken or sung by those that are living it.

One thing that has stood out to me brightly through this couple's journey is the stark contrast between their love and honor for their child from conception up to and through the loving funeral and the approximately 4,000 people each day in the U.S. that will stop their babies' hearts medically and the little bodies that will be disposed of without such a ceremony.

What makes the difference between this couple whose love for their baby surrounded it through its short journey of life and the ones that are killed through abortion? This couple believes that God is the author of life and that God created everything there is, including life in the womb. God knitted their hearts together with natural love. The reverse is often demonstrated through abortion.

Every abortion stops a beating heart. It has been confirmed through research that the "silent scream" of an unborn baby being killed in the womb is one of both psychological and physical pain. I spent several years counseling women considering abortion, helped them understand the facts, and helped them find loving adoption alternatives. I have also counseled grieving post-abortive mothers who received the forgiveness of God and were able to recover. God offers His love and forgiveness to all scarred by the horrors of abortion. As Christians, it is important to vote and pray that abortion is ended in our great country.

"Then little children were brought to Jesus, that He might put His hands on them and pray; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But He said, Leave the children alone! Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for such (as these) is the kingdom of heaven composed." Matthew 19: 13-14

Dianne Brady is an author and speaker and can be reached at gracekeeper@comcast.net.