What is a baby?
Is a baby only a baby until age 1? Until they walk?
I have three daughters. Tonight my youngest took her first steps at 15 months. I actually missed it because my amazing hubby gave me 24 hours of me-time, and I was picking up dinner for myself.
But i digress.
She’s not quite a toddler, but on the cusp of becoming one. She’ll always be my baby though. But she’s growing up fast.
She was a baby when she was born– a newborn.
What about the day before she was born?
My oldest was born the Tuesday after Mother’s Day. I was supposed to be induced Friday but they decided to put it off until Monday. Had I been induced Friday, she would likely have been born by Sunday and been in my arms on Mother’s Day.
She was still in my tummy. But I was still a Mother. We consider it my first Mother’s day. I even got a mother’s day card from my mom and dad.
Some people don’t think a baby in the womb is a baby, but it is.
I have some friends who had emergencies with their babies during delivery. The heart rate dropped, or a variety of other issues. The hospital staff jumped into crazy gear doing everything they could to save the babies and deliver them safely.
Some had their children rushed off to the nicu while they lay weeping on the labor table, wondering what was happening to their little ones.
What about those whom no one is weeping over?
The discarded ones, the unwanted ones.
Is whether they are wanted or unwanted actually the determining factor in their value? If someone says they don’t want the baby, the baby is now garbage? But if the mom wants the baby, all of heaven is moved to save it?
A baby is a baby is a baby.
The amazing thing is that Jesus stands constantly in forgiveness over those who don’t want their babies. Over those who aid in killing them, who abandon them, who let them die a painful and miserable death as the lowest in society.
“Forgive them, Father. They do not know what they do.” (that’s what He said when they killed Him.)
It’s not human to forgive, it’s supernatural.
He forgives, but I imagine he also weeps. I imagine that because I weep. How much more does He care about those little souls than I do.
In order to live in His forgiveness, we have to receive it, so I imagine that many do not experience his forgiveness for lack of wanting it, or feeling unworthy, or not knowing they could have it.
They have to first experience it from loving followers of Jesus who can live it out to them.
Followers who have also been forgiven much, even when feeling unworthy.
His followers seem so angry.
We can be angry at the injustice. But we’re called to walk in forgiveness.
That seems like an emotional switch. How do we make that flip?
Forgiveness is not emotional. It’s the canceling of the debt. We can be angry at the act, sad at the tragedy of it all. But still, we can love and forgive.
We can give them the good news– they don’t owe for their mistakes and bad choices.
I don’t feel like forgiving, I don’t have the power to do that on my own. But in Him, I can. It’s an act of obedience, of faith.
So to those of you who need it: I forgive you in the name of Jesus Christ. Whatever part you have or have had in the killing of babies, of covering it up, of voting for it, of carrying it out.
I really don’t want to, but I’m doing it anyway (by God’s grace alone). Now and every time I’m tempted to be hateful toward you in any way. On social media, out loud, or in my own heart.
I’ve been forgiven much. My short-comings have been covered over, removed, lifted off. Yours can be too.