Thursday, March 29, 2012

A person is a person, no matter how small

I have been thinking lately about the beauty and sacredness of life.  Especially human life, made in the image and likeness of God. I have been contemplating the beginnings of human life. None of us would even be here if God did not love us into existence! We start out the size of a poppy seed and although we are that small, God breathes his life into us.  Since he is so big and we are so small and fragile, he has to be ever so gentle. I imagine it would be the way a gentle breeze carries a dandelion without the petals falling off. This human life, once it is started will also go on to live into eternity.

Life is such a precious gift and it is such a privilege to be able to help bring about new life. The older I have gotten, the more I have realized my fertility is a gift and it will run out. I also have friends who are not able to have children. Tom and I have always tried to be sensitive in prayer to how many children the Lord is calling us to have and the timing that they should be conceived.  Society thinks this is foolish and even irresponsible. There are even some Christians that think it is legalistic. I am not a very disciplined person, and actually pretty weak. I also am not naturally virtuous. The only thing I can claim is that I have always tried to be obedient to God in every area of my life and even that is only by his grace.

Update: When I wrote this post I was actually pregnant.  I recently miscarried at 9 weeks. That gentle breeze carried our baby up to Heaven.  From the start of this pregnancy I had a real sense of the sacredness of this life.  I believe it was the Lord showing me the importance of every life, no matter how short. The reason Tom and I have been open to new life has always been primarily out of obedience to the Lord because I have very hard pregnancies. My children are a gift from him but they also ultimately belong to him and it is up to him to do with them as he sees best. After my miscarriage I was meditating on Mary's yes.  I'm sure when she said yes, her dreams for her son did not involve him being crucified. The same day I read this quote from a book called "Having a Mary Spirit" by Joanna Weaver:  "...saying yes to God brings blessing, but it can also bring pain.  That's why we need a submitted heart that keeps on believing...even when it hurts."


  1. Lisa, I'm so sorry for your loss. Miscarriage is one of the most heartbreaking, confusing types of hurt there is because it's so much bigger than just the "loss of a pregnancy." From the day you find out you're expecting a child you begin to hope and dream and plan and prepare. You think of names and mentally paint and arrange the nursery furniture. You choose godparents, you figure out who and how to tell your family and friends. Your whole life is changed by the plus sign on that little "pee stick!" And then, it's gone. And people don't know what to say, and how could they? Your heart just died a little. From experience, multiple times, I can tell you by the grace of God, and the gift of time, your heart will heal and you can rejoice in the fact that you have your own, personal saint interceding for you and your family. And you can begin to more easily thank God for all things that happen in your life, even the really, really hard things. God bless you, Lisa! This is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging words!

  2. Thank you for sharing your reflection with the world. It is a very gentle reminder to the world that life matters at any stage. I found the same reflection of Mary's loss to be helpful in my healing after my miscarriages. Now I am humbled that God would choose for me the suffering that He chose for His own mother (though in my sinfulness, I deserve it much more than she).

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  3. Thank you Rachel! What a beautiful ministry you have!

  4. I so sorry Lisa about your miscarriage! No matter how many we have (miscarriages or remaining) ( thinking of my son I burried and the one directly afterwards, would have been 10th and 11th) each one is very hard and the loss of a hope. There will always be those criticisms that come your way Ive even heard some close to me say that me loosing one would not bother me as much as this person loosing her only child! Amazing some one could think that way. But, we must do as our heart guides and live for God and not others. We can't take others words to heart. And if there is an irresponsibility in this it would be a person trying to direct you against what God is telling you you should do.
    Remember there is always support. The negitives are not all that surrounds you. There are plenty of us who believe that God is in control and support you.
    God will do what He wants to do through us and we need not worry. You are in my prayers...

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