Today, the issue of abortion reclaims US political headlines, but with a different focus.
Sometimes attempts at abortions fail, and there is a dilemma as to what to do when this happens. What should happen in this difficult situation? It seems that Congress dealt with the issue in 2001 and again in 2015. Headlines indicate that a recent Senate bill addressing the issue has failed, but will re-emerge today, April 3, 2019. S.311
We pray on behalf of those people in our hospitals and clinics and in homes across the country who are personally involved. Psalm 139 is a wonderful celebratory prayer affirming the presence of God in each life. These infants were “fearfully and wonderfully made”, and God’s thoughts towards them and his presence with them has been since before “their bodies were woven together in their mother’s womb.”
Psalm 139: 7-18 (NIV)
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? . . .
. . . If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
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.
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. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand–when I awake, I am still with you. . . .
A wonderful scripture from a sermon by Moses to the Israelites gives us much encouragement about our prayers for our nation:
Deuteronomy 4:7 “And what other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?”