At Life’s Choices, we have the privilege of regularly witnessing the moment when a new mom sees her unborn baby for the first time on an ultrasound. If it’s very early in pregnancy, the shape on the screen may be very, very tiny and sometimes hard to make out. But the moment the heartbeat is seen or heard is when it all becomes real.
Whether the new mom is a young teen or older, or whether she desperately wants a child or desperately wishes to be “unpregnant,” the response is almost always the same – tears. There is power in a heartbeat. At that moment, the heart of a baby connects to the heart of a mother.
One of the moms who came to us for ultrasound had experienced multiple miscarriages already in her young life. To my untrained eye, the first scan of the womb seemed as though it was empty. I prepared myself for the disappointing news I thought she was going to receive.
However, after just a few seconds our skilled sonographer found what she was looking for – she focused on a very tiny spot that was flickering – barely noticeable. Literally all that was visible of the pregnancy was a beating heart. Shortly after, we heard the swish, swish, swish of a steady heartbeat. The mom broke down in tears. There was life!
A very powerful verse in the Bible speaks about this miracle:
“You [God] made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:13-14, NLT)
How amazing to know that God crafts every single life with precision and care! He forms every delicate part from the moment of conception. Even before our very first heartbeat, we are connected to the heart of God.
The fourth Sunday in January is known as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, a day commemorated in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan. This year, Sunday, January 19 is set aside to remember that all human life is precious, from the very first heartbeat of an unborn baby to the last beat of the heart indicating the end of life on this earth. Each life is planned by God for a special purpose, no matter how long or short that life is.
At Life’s Choices, recognizing the value of each life is the heart of who we are. Because of this, it is our goal to make sure that each person who comes through our doors understands how valuable they are in God’s sight. When someone understands and recognizes their own value and the value of others, they make healthier choices, and they treat themselves and others with more respect.
Do you know how valuable you are? Are you requiring others to treat you with the respect you deserve? If you are experiencing challenges in a relationship, a pregnancy or in parenting, we are here for you. We would love to talk with you heart to heart and give help and hope for whatever situation you are facing.