For years I have heard and embraced the belief that it starts at conception; but recently I have been reading and listening to things that have changed my mind. What have I been reading? What have I been listening to? I’m so glad you asked.
I’m reading Scripture and listening to lullabies based on Scripture. The passages of Scripture are not new to me. I’ve read them and meditated on them for many years. Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 22:10; Ecclesiastes 5:15; Isaiah 49:1; Luke 1:15; Galatians 1:15; and my favorite – Psalm 139:13. The lullabies are written by Jay Stocker (music and lyrics), and the titles are Hidden In My Heart, Volumes I, II, and IV. I purchased them from Amazon. The music is full orchestra and the lyrics are simple and repetitive – perfect for shedding the thoughts and fears that seem to flood my heart as I am trying to go to sleep. I have also found them to be helpful to naturally flow into prayers for people I am concerned about.
I’ve come to the conclusion that a baby is born in the heart of God even before that baby is physically born, even before he or she was conceived. God already has a plan for that baby’s life, no matter how long or short it may be, and He cherishes each one.
I don’t know about you, but I find that to be immensely comforting.