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Monday, August 30, 2010
Job 39:1-4 Thought/Prayer: Motherhood Made Natural. Topics: 2 at end. 08-30-2010
“Do you know when the mountain goats bring forth?
Do you observe the calving of the hinds?
Can you number the months that they fulfill,
and do you know the time when they bring forth,
when they crouch, bring forth their offspring,
and are delivered of their young?
Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open;
they go forth, and do not return to them.” RSV [Scripture quotations are from] Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com).
A friend sent me photos of a doe elk giving birth to her calf. They are at first a bit startling especially for those of us who did not grow up around farm animals and their cycles of life. But still, it is beautiful.
This soft-eyed mother knows exactly what to do for this very specific moment in her life. She appears unafraid of what is happening to her. She knows how to help her baby on his way into the world. She is patient until it all is finished. She does sort of crouch at one point to facilitate the process in some way, such as God Himself describes in Job regarding deer.
She knows to give the small one some nudges toward standing up, however wobbly those legs. She is so gentle. The sweetest photo of all is an elky kiss before lunch. And there’s no hesitating as to where lunch is on the part of the new little boy or girl.
Motherhood is a natural for most creatures in nature. And, since God didn’t supply us with a manual on bringing up kids, I guess parenting is a pretty natural essence on the part of humans. This is one reason for us to promote birth and LIFE across the board. It’s just natural.
Certainly, some mothers fall more easily into the role than others. Some who do not think they want to be mothers find out how rewarding it can be. Couples whose child has a handicap have a more complicated task in bringing up their Bud or Rosie in many ways. Sometimes it’s harder for bonding to grow when a child is not able to give back affection and attention.
But all in all, God put it into us to want children and to bring them up. This makes it doubly difficult for moms whose motherhood is taken away by abortion – if they did not want to kill their baby. They, and the fathers both need prayer and other support. We must help them. We must not fail them.
Lord, help us to compassionately care for those who have to fight against their motherhood instincts because they’ve been coerced into abortion. And if we don’t know any women such as this, help us to pray for all of them everywhere who struggle, sometimes for decades, with this that has happened. May You fulfill their hearts through the giving of themselves in other ways. You told us about the birthing of a fawn. You then know of every human being in a womb; may they live to see their natal day and bring natural joy to their mothers in the same was as a doe elk innocently does.
Topics: Pray for all mothers anywhere who are right now about to lose their babies against their will – and for their families and doctors to honor LIFE.
Military leaders to consider LIFE