Well, it has been an eventful few weeks. We received a call from the “Alexandra Hospital For Women” to come in and get an extensive ultra sound done on Kaleb. With short notice we scrambled to get ready, found a hotel through Air Miles and had the privilege of borrowing a truck of a gracious couple from our church, as our van needs some new tie rod ends! The boys got to stay with Nonny, Papp and Aunt Maggie for a sleep over and Christine and I made tracks for the heart of Edmonton.
What we thought was going to be a stressful trip turned out to be an encouraging time to visit with my precious wife, reflect on the past few weeks and even watch the new Mr. Homles movie! It felt like we were skipping school to watch a movie and hold hands! The following morning we talked with a genetic counselor and then followed with an ultra sound.
According to the genetic counselor the likelihood that Kaleb has Down Syndrome is far less than we first understood it to be. She said because the increase in neck size is the only indication at this point and the lack of Down Syndrome in our family, there is probably a 1% chance that Kaleb does have the disorder. So we are grateful for the fresh perspective, and regardless if Kaleb is healthy or does have a disorder such as Down syndrome, we are thankful for what God continues to do in our hearts through this pregnancy. So here is a second reason we cannot kill Kaleb
#2 Children are a blessing and heritage from God
Ps. 127:3 “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.”
I was thinking about a hypothetical scenario. What if I was to walk up to a random mother in town and told her I was going to kill her children? “It’s my choice and I have a right to do what I want” I might say. Obviously the very thought is horrific and I would be jailed and probably diagnosed as psychotic! For starters, our society does finally acknowledge these children as human life and secondly they are her children and not mine. Therefore, for me to threaten to take away children that are hers is breach of jurisdiction.
Conversely, when it comes to a tiny life inside a woman we are told that she has a right to choose if that child should live or not. “It’s my body” is the resounding cry. All the while, not realizing that the child is not hers in the first place, for the scriptures are clear that children are given from the Lord. What we often fail to realize is that our children are entrusted to us from God. Therefore, we are to raise them in a way that reflects a sense of stewardship and awareness that they first belong to their heavenly Father to be used by Him.
In Ezekiel 16 God is recalling how he has rescued His people Israel, and then how they turned from His love and committed grievous sin against Him. In verse 17 we read “You also took your beautiful jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself images of men, and with them played the whore… (vs. 20) And you took your sons and your daughters, whom you had borne to me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your whorings so small a matter that you slaughtered my children…” (emphasis mine)
Clearly, God sees children as first and foremost his. While the Ezekiel passage is addressing the ethnic people of Israel, how much more should we understand such things? For it is us who live in the last days and it is us who have been given the full revelation of God through the scriptures. No longer should we be living in “times of ignorance” (Acts 17:29), but rather walking in repentance and newness of life.
If we think the women whom I hypothetically spoke with would have a right to be offended, how much does the infinitely Holy and Wise God of the universe have a right to be offended and punish anyone who would dare take the life of one of His children? Praise be to God, that anyone who has committed such a sin, not to mention the sin of murder within our heart when we are filled with anger and hatred, can have forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Either our murderous hearts will be judged at Calvary or forever in the lake of Fire. Let us fix our gaze upon Christ and live!
“But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8