A couple weeks ago, we were awaiting the birth of our new granddaughter. The Medical Center was buzzing with excitement. There were several families in the waiting room grinning from ear to ear, awaiting good news. I noticed several signs on the walls that read something like this, “When you hear a lullaby, a new life has begun.”
During our almost twelve hour wait, I heard the lullaby several times. I saw family members embrace each other, cry, and laugh all at the same time. The hospital floor was bursting with joy and expectation. When our baby’s lullaby was played, our family was thrilled, as well.
Each time I heard the lullaby while visiting, my mind wondered as to what the child being born at that moment would do with his or her life. What would he or she choose as a career? Would that particular baby make a difference in the lives of people everywhere?
Later that day, I looked deep into our baby’s eyes and wondered what she would become when she grew up. Would she write like her Nana or sing like her Pa? Maybe she would become the first woman president of the United States. Would she become an evangelist who would speak the words which would change the world?
The lullaby caused me to consider the miracle of childbirth. The music wasn’t just any song being played over a loudspeaker. The pleasant tune represented precious babies coming into the world. Because the children were alive a sense of hope and expectancy were being birthed, as well.
At one point during that day, I stood at the nursery window gazing at the babies lying in the tiny bassinets. Tears came to my eyes as I wondered how many babies were missing. Had some not had a chance at life because its parents thought it would be more convenient to wait until a later time to have a child? How many children had been aborted that would have been born that day? How many lullabies were not heard which should have been played that day?
In Psalms 139:13-14 (NIV), we can find these words, “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.” This scripture passage lets us know that God created every child which has ever been conceived.
Unfortunately, many people today take life into their own hands. Many decide that a baby won’t be born or a lullaby will not be played on that child’s behalf. These people stood in the way of a miracle and completely changed the course of the future.
Maybe they felt that they had valid reasons. They may have thought they couldn’t take care of a child. There are millions of other people who would love the opportunity. Every child has a right to live. There should be a lullaby and a birthday for every child conceived.
Jesus said in Matthew 19:14 (NIV), “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” As adults, we shouldn’t hinder God’s plan for children, through abortion. Jesus loved all children, born or unborn. He has prepared a special place in heaven for each of them.
We shouldn’t let the world fool us into believing that a child is only a child after it leaves the womb. God has a plan for each child beginning the day it is conceived. Shouldn’t we decide to help those who may be contemplating abortion?
A simple lullaby, made me stop to consider the trials that many young mothers may be facing. A simple lullaby caused me to better understand God’s plan for children. A simply lullaby could save thousands of lives. Won’t we all listen for God’s lullaby of love today? Shouldn’t we let all God’s children live?
Nancy B. Gibbs [email protected]
Nancy B. Gibbs is a minister’s wife, mother and grandmother. Nancy is a weekly religion columnist, a regular writer for TWINS Magazine and a freelance writer. She is the author of four books. Her stories and articles have appeared in many anthologies including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts Books, God Allows U-Turns and Stories for the Heart. In addition, Nancy is a magazine writer and has had articles in magazines such as Guideposts, On Mission, Woman’s World, Family Circle, Decision and Happiness. You may contact Nancy by email at [email protected] or [email protected] . Please visit her website: www.nancybgibbs.com