Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Value of Life

Rejoice-

Come and stand before your Maker
Full of wonder, full of fear
Come behold His power and glory

Yet with confidence draw near
For the one who holds the heavens
And commands the stars above
Is the God who bends to bless us
With an unrelenting love

Rejoice
Come and lift your hands and raise your voice
He is worthy of all praise
Rejoice
Sing of mercies of your King
And with trembling 
Rejoice

We are children of the promise
The beloved of the Lord
Won with everlasting kindness
Bought with sacrificial blood
Bringing reconciliation
To a world that longs to know
The affections of a Father
Who will never let them go

Rejoice
Come and lift your hands and raise your voice
He is worthy of our praise
Rejoice
Sing of mercies of your King 
Rejoice

All our sickness, all our sorrows
Jesus carried up the hill
He has walked this path before us
He is walking with us still
Turning tragedy to triumph
Turning agony to praise
There is blessing in the battle 
So take heart and stand amazed

Rejoice
When you cry to Him He hears your voice
He will wipe away your tears
Rejoice
In the midst of suffering 
He will help you sing
Rejoice
Come and lift your hands and raise your voice
He is worthy of all praise
Rejoice
Sing of mercies of your King
And with trembling
Rejoice

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We sing this song in church. I'm sure you can imagine as you read the lyrics the way my heart explodes as I sing these words. Some as a declaration over my life and some as a promise to claim. Some of it comes out as a comfort or a challenge to grow and strengthen me. 

I had planned to actually write this post breaking down some of the lyrics and explain more of how this seems to be my anthem song lately. In fact, every Sunday when we do sing it, Cale leans over and says, "Girl, this is your song. The one you love."

It's true. These words point me to Jesus and His truth...but as I sat here and prayed before typing, as I always do, the direction of this post shifted. 

Life. 

The news is shocking to my soul today.

There are headlines and posts all about New York and the law that was passed. 

I can't skip over this. 

"Lord, what?" 

I guess I haven't kept up with what's going on. This came as new news to me and I just couldn't process it. My brain didn't want to process it. 

At what point do we start valuing life?

I think about Cale...

He has a brain injury that has significantly altered the way he can live life. He no longer can do some of the very basic life skills.

Is his life valued?

I think about holding Nora for the first few minutes of her life. She was late on her arrival...during the waiting, I felt her moving. I waited expectantly to touch her-hold her-kiss her-snuggle her.

When she was coming out, she was fully human. Fully person. 

Was her life valued?

Easton's birth took a little work. My body was ready for him to come but he was stuck. With the help of my birth team keeping me moving and trying different positions, he was ready to come.

As he quickly found his way through the birth canal, was his life valued?

I have several friends pregnant and due all around the same time. They're all at the point of learning if they have a boy or a girl...or are waiting and will be surprised. 

The flutters of movement from baby are being recognized and the images of ultrasounds are being treasured.

Is that little life valued?

It's tempting to sit in the weight and loss of hopelessness as our country sits in a government shutdown with arguments and fire on each side. As laws to end life become acceptable. Defeat can take over my heart easily, I can feel it. It's a long war inside my heart. The heaviness is real and raw. 

And then I sing...

All our sickness, all our sorrows
Jesus carried up the hill
He has walked this path before us
He is walking with us still
Turning tragedy to triumph
Turning agony to praise
There is blessing in the battle 
So take heart and stand amazed

Rejoice.

Rejoice?

Rejoice.

We read in Gods word that He is the God who puts the mountains in their places. 
He tells the oceans where to stop.
He put the stars in the sky.

He is God and He is holding every single baby that doesn't get to live life on this earth, whether from miscarriage or murder. 

Deep within my heart cries and the tears for the brokenness in this world come but I know my Savior holds every tear and He created life and He values life. 

This blog, my posting, it does nothing. It changes nothing. 

My prayers and my reactions to the pain in this world, they can change everything. 

When we stand on His truth,
when we speak His truth,
when we act out His truth...

It can change everything for even one person. 

We are children of the promise
The beloved of the Lord
Won with everlasting kindness
Bought with sacrificial blood
Bringing reconciliation
To a world that longs to know
The affections of a Father
Who will never let them go

We live in a world where things are happening that bring confusion and heartache. 

I know one thing we can be confident in, God values all life.


Nora at birth


Easton at birth.

All life is valued. 









6 comments:

  1. Amen, sweet Sister, AMEN!!

    "They" may think they are getting away with this. BUT!!! Father is still on the throne and will deal with all that happens in His time. NO ONE will be able to get away with anything...

    I think it is so cool Cale leans over and says Girl, that's your favorite song. I love it.

    I love you,

    Marion

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    1. Yes! God is on the throne...we can stand on that! And yes, it's really sweet the way he leans over and says that :)

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  2. This was so good and right on ! I don’t understand all the verbage of the law but I do think we are on the WRONG side of the slippery slope headed for more pain and grief. What I do know is we must speak truth and do so in love. You are such a wonderful mom and wife and woman of God ! Life is valued because it is LIFE ! Yes and Amen ! So beautiful and so God ordained no matter what shape or form it comes in . I have many friends with disabled children who fight everyday for their child’s right to life a life of hope and a future . This is the place we stand and say enough is enough . It’s too much ! It always has been . I pray for NY who leads our nation into the darkest places and rejoices in it.... I rejoice in the Lord my hope comes from him and He will pluck me out of my despair ! Love you and this !!!!!always
    Reenie

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    1. Yes! There is a lot of stuff in the specific law I don't understand either but I think we can always be reminded is that every life has value! Even the people who may not agree with what we believe!

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  3. Amen, Sister! God values each and every one, at every stage!

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