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Psalm 139:13–15 ‘For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.’ (v13)

Thinking about the human ability to terminate life in the womb has made today’s passage especially poignant. Of course, there are difficult questions surrounding medical ethics.

These debates require careful thought and pastoral understanding. However, nothing can mask the wonder of these verses, which speak of God’s intimate involvement in life’s beginnings.

The verses are true whether your birth was planned by two committed parents, whether it was unexpected, or even if you were conceived in a situation where one parent did not give consent.

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Also, understanding the science of conception shouldn’t cause us to ignore the Holy Spirit’s work. We must be absolutely clear that God intended for you to be on earth.

As Acts 17:26 says: ‘From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.’

You are not an accident or an afterthought but part of God’s good and perfect purpose, and you are invited to partner with Him and the glorious purposes He has for His world.

If you received an invitation that said you were selected for a special mission for which only you were capable, you would be thrilled. Well, you are alive and God intended this day for you, and has plans and purposes for you. So, it’s time to live life to the full. Go on.


A Prayer To Make:
‘Thank You, Lord, for giving me life, and for all the rich possibilities I have in You. Amen.’

An Action To Take:
Today is a good day to thank God that you’re alive, for your birth and your life in Him.

Scripture To Consider:
Jer. 20:14–18; Ps. 127; Luke 1:67–79; Gal. 1:11– 24

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.