[Kelli will be contributing to my blog on a regular basis. I hope you enjoy her inspirational first article. God bless you – Pastor Art]
WHY I BELIEVE THAT ALL HUMAN LIFE IS PRECIOUS & SACRED TO GOD
One of my favorite passages of scripture is found in the book of Jeremiah. It says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;” (Jer. 1:5 NIV). Another favorite passage is found in the book of Psalms. It reads, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:13-16, NIV).
As I approach my 40th birthday, I have been looking back over my life. Have I reached my God-given potential? Have I accomplished the things that God wants me to accomplish? Has my life been pleasing to Him?
On November 16, 1968, I was born out of wed-lock to a teen-aged, high school drop-out. I don’t know the circumstances surrounding my birth, but I do know that it couldn’t have been easy for my mother. She must have suffered much shame & ridicule for being pregnant, and then choosing to raise me as a single mother. She never received any assistance from my father. In fact, I’ve never met the man.
Growing up, I struggled with low self-esteem and feelings of unworthiness. I always wondered, “God, why did you make me? My parents didn’t plan me. Do you love me and have a purpose for me?” It was when I found these scriptures that I began to realize that God did love me, and that He had a purpose for my life.
You see, God loves each and every one of us. It doesn’t matter if your parents planned you or not. GOD DID!!!!! God has a plan for each of us.
Our son’s story is very similar. When my husband and I got married, we were unable to conceive. After praying for a child for almost six years, God gave us our son Timothy. Timothy was born in a similar situation, and his mother lovingly chose to give him up for adoption. I thank God so much for this self-less young woman. Because of her, we are able to experience the love and joy of watching our son grow into a mighty man of God. He is our precious, special, chosen gift from God.
As we were following the buses and police escort out of town on our way to the state band competitions this past weekend, I started to cry. I wasn’t crying from sadness, but from an overwhelming sense of joy and gladness. My heart swelled with love and pride for my Timothy.
No, neither Timothy nor I was planned by our parents, but God had a plan for each of us. I want to leave you with one last scripture. It is found in the book of Jeremiah. It says, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jer. 29:11, NIV).
As you exercise your right to vote, remember that all human life is precious and sacred to God.