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Tuesday, April 9, 2019
We have worked with Larry Garber for many years in nursing home ministry where he has a real burden for the elderly. He also has been a long-time pro-life advocate. Today's quote from Scott Klusendorf is a portion of a letter he wrote to the editor of our local paper, Lancaster News. Larry is holding a model of a pre-born baby he uses for demonstrations. Today we honor Larry for his faithfulness.
"Knit Together In Utero"
Message summary: How many decades have you been living?
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"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" (Psalm 139:13,14).
Rick, a friend who leads a company, sent us a copy of his article for the company newsletter to preview. He wrote "now, in my sixth decade, I have a different perspective than I did as a younger man." The "different perspective" viewpoint from which he now sees things is worthy of consideration and is certainly true for all of us who've been around for a while (at least it should be!)
But reading the phrase "now, in my sixth decade" at face value would lead many to deduce that Rick is in his sixties.
However Rick is in his fifties and, as a trained accountant, is merely acknowledging the first decade of his life; (0-9, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 means he is indeed living in his sixth decade).*
After reviewing his article I wrote back and told him that if he included the portion of a decade he had lived in his pre-birth existence he could accurately say, "now, in my seventh decade". For Brooksyne and me it would be our eighth decade! (Note from Brooksyne: Stephen is quite comfortable in referring to our "eighth decade", but I'm a little more sensitive about saying or doing anything that makes us sound older than we already are).
Each of us began our life as a separate single cell. During the next nine months we grew in our mother's womb and nothing new was added but water, oxygen and nutrition. Our entire genetic makeup was contained in that single cell. We have never existed before and there will never be another of us. Thankfully for me and my parents, who loved me, this process was not interrupted and after nine months of being "knit together" of growth in utero I was born.
In developmental terms as measured by cell replication, we spend 90 percent of our lives in utero. From fertilization to natural death, there exists an unbroken continuum of human development during which we need only oxygen, water, and nutrients to live and develop physically.
By the time we are born this one single cell became two hundred million cells and at birth we weighed six billion times more than the fertilized egg. If we had continued at this rate of growth by our first birthday we would have weighed 72,000,000,000 pounds, which would have been an extremely "heavy" burden for our Moms.
Today's Bible text is so powerful. Note what it says and doesn't say.
It says "You knit me together in my mother's womb."
It doesn't say "You knit the blob of tissue together in my mother's womb that would at some undetermined time become me."
Scott Klusendorf, author of The Case For Life writes,
"The science of embryology establishes that from the earliest stages of development, you were a distinct, living and whole human being. You weren’t part of another human being like skin cells on the back of my hand; you were already a whole living member of the human family even though you had yet to mature.
"There is no essential difference between the embryo you once were and the adult you are today that somehow justifies killing you at that earlier stage of development. Differences of size, level of development, environment and degree of dependency are not good reasons for saying you could be killed then but not now."
So, how many decades have you been living?
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
* Of course "now, in my sixth decade" could also mean he has lived in the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 2000's and 2010's.
Sadie likes to play but Mollie does not like to share her ring toss. Surprisingly the little pup doesn't back down for either dog, though the big dogs weigh six times her weight.
Our older dog Roxie, who is now 14 1/2 years old really doesn't want to play much anymore, just rest most of the time. But Sadie doesn't understand that!
Sunday afternoon we took a historical walking tour of the Musselman-Vesta Iron Furnace Center and furnace ruins.
On Sunday afternoon we toured the Musselman-Vesta Iron Furnace Center with a very knowledgeable local guide telling us about the furnace and grounds at the diorama. The center has been beautifully restored.
The diorama shows how the furnace would have looked over 100 years ago. At the bottom of the diorama (not seen) is the Pennsylvania Canal where barges brought in anthracite coal. In the mid 1800's there were seven such furnaces on a small stretch along the Susquehanna River where we now ride our bikes along the former rail line. Most have little visible remains.
Present day ruins with the unloading piers still standing and factory housing in the background which is still used.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" Video Matt Redman
"You Knit Me Together" Video Steve Green A children's song with a good message!
"You are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" An amazing video teaching by Louie Giglio
Here's an interesting website dealing with the chronology of a new life.
"Until Then" Video Video from the concert Brooksyne sang in two weeks ago (about 4 songs were not recorded, unfortunately they were our favorites).
"A Few Good Men" Video
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