Monday, January 2, 2012

Help Your Grandchildren Have a Biblical View and Value for Life!

Thirty-nine years ago a landmark decision was made which legalized abortion on demand in the USA. Since then countless babies have been killed and the lives of young women scarred as a result. I believe the Bible teaches life begins at conception - in Psalm 139:16-18 we read, "13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!" (NIV) In Job 3 we read where Job speaks of babies who die before birth as "infants" who never saw light. Throughout the Bible when it refers to a woman being pregnant, the baby is referred to as a child, son or even by name.

We need to give our grandchildren and children a Biblical view of the value of life and one way we can do this is by involving them in projects to help provide resources for young women who might otherwise abort their babies. Across the country there are pregnancy resource centers and outreaches from local churches where they provide counseling, resources for medical care, maternity clothes and more for expecting mothers in need. They also provide diapers, formula, baby clothes and more resources for young mothers in need. You can involving your grandchildren in projects to collect diapers, bottles, and other items young mothers need. Consider the following ideas . . . 
  • Invite your grandchildren to a "Baby Party" and enjoy looking at their baby photos - and ultra-sound photo if you have them. Make footprints by painting the bottoms of their feet and leave prints on shirts or paper - compare these to the footprints on their birth certificates. Hand out crayons, markers and paper and involve your grandchildren in making encouragement cards for young mothers and in putting together care packages - provide diapers, bottles, and other baby supplies which you donate to a local crisis pregnancy center.
  • contact your local pregnancy resource center and ask them which supplies they most are in need of. Involve your grandchildren in collecting these supplies which you donate to the center.  
Whatever you decide to do, find a project which you can involve your grandchildren in and help them develop a heart for people in need and one which places a high value on life - all life! (By the way, the ultrasound photo is one of my sweet little grandson, Caleb!)

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