Sounds kind of odd, doesn't it? Being called a mother. That little thing growing inside you, too small to see and feel, thrust that nametag on you a little soon, didn't it?
You didn't have this whole motherhood thing on your radar; at least, not anytime in the near future. You have so much of your young life ahead of you yet! Studies, travel, maybe a few parties, a career. Starting a family was something that was supposed to come later. Much later.
I can feel your fear. While our pregnancy was planned, do any first-time parents really know what they're getting into? It's a scary thing, raising a baby, especially a surprise one! But oh, the joy of being given such a responsibility—children are a gift from God! (Psalm 127:3-5, Matthew 18:10)
So many mothers have considered abortion and gone through with it. According to all.org, there have been more than 54.5 million abortions in the US between 1973 and 2011. Please don't become one of these numbers. God put humans at the head of creation, and we are to take care of everything he has given us (Genesis 1:28, 2:15)—including that little baby inside of you. We have no right to play God, especially with what is human from conception (Job 31:15, Psalm 51:5, Psalm 139:13-16, Jeremiah 1:5).
Don't despair; I can see your tears, too. You say you already are one of those stats? It's ok. Yes, it was wrong, but there's hope for you. Oh, my dear, all your sins, even ones you may feel are too despicable to ever be forgiven, were taken care of on the cross. Jesus died for you—he died for YOU. He took your nastiness that would have sent you straight to hell and now, through faith in him, you're going straight to heaven.
There is hope! There is always hope, and God is always ready and waiting for your return. He longs so very much to embrace you and show you how much he loves you (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9). But oh, please don't take such a gracious promise lightly—a truly repentant heart longs to do God's will, not toss out an apology to cover the sin and continue on the crooked path.
There is a place for righteous anger (James 1:19-20) within the church, but know that we only love you and want the best for you and your baby and for you to know what life in Christ is.
Jesus has a soft spot for children—remember he chided his disciples and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19 : 14). He even went so far as to say that “anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Luke 18 : 17).
We are human from conception (Job 31:15, Psalm 51:5, Psalm 139:13-16, Jeremiah 1:5). God knit us just the way he wanted us, funny hair and freckles and loud laugh and all. God values each and every one of us to the point of death. And die he did, on the cross!
"Love me! Shelter me! Guide me! Lead me! Show me the love of Christ in this dim world of sin!" We have a responsibility to these little ones, and you, my dear, have the great and glorious task ahead of you to care for a child.
Human life is sacred. We were ALL created in the image of God and must treat every other human being with the love and mercy Christ showed us.
The Gospel says that when I am undeserving of life because of my sin, Jesus paid my debt before a mighty God. When spiritual death was imminent, He was my spokesperson, my voice. By his grace you will have the strength and wisdom you need to raise this wonderful baby!
I pray that the church can follow Christ’s example and be that voice for the marginalized.