The ultrasound revealed a tiny blob, but we knew there must be life because of the strong heartbeat. A few weeks later, a second ultrasound amazed us as we viewed a tiny human with visible body parts. The graph again showed a heartbeat, but it was when the baby moved that proved to us the wonderful miracle called life. Not fully formed, this little one was safe in the womb to complete the necessary time for development. We were excited and looking forward to being first time grandparents.
The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. Job 33:4
God gives us our first breath and only He sees the first beat of our heart. He created each of us in His own image and loves each of us with an everlasting love. He gives us a mind to know Him, a heart to love Him, and a will to choose to obey Him.
God also sees the last beat of our heart when we are ushered into His presence if we have chosen His way. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Therefore, choose LIFE.
This month I feel led to share the updated version of a poem I posted in 2015. It is dedicated to anyone whose baby in the womb was not allowed life. You may not have chosen life for that precious one but you can choose life for yourself by putting your faith in Jesus Christ and look forward to a glorious reunion in heaven.
I Have a Name Dark Warm Safe Inside you I grew. A seed formed into Tiny parts Destined to be Me. Voices said of you “Shame.” Others said, “A girl can Make the grades Be top citizen in her class Succeed in life If only…” No longer safe In your womb I cried, though none could hear, That shame would fade But guilt would linger A lifetime. Voices spoke In whispers While Murderer Removed piece by piece of Who I could have been. Blood. Blood. Oh the horror! I cried, though none could hear. The pain, the agony. Sacrificed For a lie. The deed done, Your song Mournful. Your words “Forgive me.” A bright and happy Paradise welcomed me. I am whole. Safe with others Like me. Too many. Too many who also cried But were not heard. You gave me no name. Never knew if boy or girl. Never knew My beauty like you. Or what I could have been. You often wondered You remembered The deed, the loss. The memory lingered Too long. Along life’s way You accepted God’s gift Of salvation, Life eternal. At last Crippled and aged You expelled your last breath And passed down the narrow way To the gate. I waited for Arms that could have held me In life. You hold me now For eternity. No tears. We are one At Peace. Across your forehead Your new name. Forgiven. You gaze at mine. I do have a name after all. d. gustafson copyright 2/28/2022