Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you… Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV)
Here I sit at the library, working on My TEA CUPP Prayers, as I try to do every week. My dear husband is home with our two youngest boys, working on projects in the garage. They are refurbishing the old crib that was used by all four of our children. As I write this, our daughter, our oldest child, is at a hospital in Wisconsin, preparing to deliver our first grandchild, a sweet little girl, named Kennedy Grace.
Oh, how we love her already, our precious grandchild! We love her before we even know her. Isn’t that how it is with Jesus. He loved us before we even knew Him, dying for our sins and giving us new life. And so I pray for precious Kennedy to love and know Jesus, too. He already knows her. He knew her before He even formed her in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5). And God knit her together inside our daughter, making her wonderful (Psalm 139:13).
If only all babies could be loved as much as this little girl will be! Her paternal grandparents are on a plane right now to see her. We will see her soon, too. How we long to hold her! A charming nursery is decorated and filled with gifts from so many who love her. What a beautiful welcome for a beautiful little girl!
This same day, friends are finally welcoming home their adopted twins from the Congo. They prayed and waited over two years for these boys. How happy their hearts are now! Just yesterday, other friends welcomed their tenth child! What a joy! And all of these are on my Thursday prayer list for Marriage/Babies. Yay, Jesus! He sent so many blessings in one day!
Yet, not all babies get such a homecoming. I hurt for all the babies that won’t be born. I cry for all the babies that come into the world unwanted. And I wonder what God is calling me to do? What is He calling us to do?
God is calling for us to be a voice for the babies, to cry out that abortion is wrong, that there are many families with open arms who will welcome these children. He is asking us to be the ones with open arms. Rachel is still weeping for her children and won’t be comforted until we help these little ones (Jeremiah 31:15, Matthew 2:18).
Today’s TEA CUPP: Will you join me in praying for babies? Will you join me in speaking out for the little ones? Will you join me in opening your arms to welcome them? Jesus invites you to be part of His healing.
Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Matthew 10:14 (NKJV)
p.s. We thank Jesus for precious Kennedy Grace who was born healthy and strong, at 9 lb. 20 3/4 inches! Mommy, Daddy and baby are all well. So blessed!
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.