‘Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.’ — “God in the Dock”–C. S. Lewis
By Laura Echevarria, Director of Communications and Press Secretary
The miracle of life begins with the intricate design of God’s creation. From the cells in our body to the mechanisms that control our heart and breathing – without conscious thought – it all points to God.
The miracle of breathing – in, out, in, out – seems so simple but it is complex. Breathe too quickly and you can hyperventilate. Breathe too slowly and your body may not get enough oxygen.
An adult heart beats on average somewhere between 60 and 100 beats a minute. Too fast and a person can have tachycardia which can stop the heart from filling completely between heartbeats and inhibit blood flow to the rest of the body.
A heart rate that’s too slow, or bradycardia, can be from having an extremely efficient heart—elite athletes such as Olympic runners often have low heart rates—or it can indicate a life-threatening problem in an otherwise healthy adult.
My family had two medical emergencies occur on the same day earlier this month. While my husband was in one location learning he needed life-saving emergency surgery, my father was rushed to the hospital twenty minutes away. Both ended up on the same floor of the hospital within hours. For each of them, a medical emergency occurred because something in the body was out of sync and wasn’t working the way it was designed.
Day to day, we tend to take our bodies for granted. If we are in general good health, we wake up in the morning, groggily make our way to the kitchen for coffee, turn on the computer to check email and, if we have a pet, make sure the pet is fed so he or she doesn’t sit on the computer keyboard in the animal version of a protest.
When we start our morning, our body has already been at work. Every cell in our body is working independently, our breathing takes place without thought, and our heart will beat about 100,000 times in a single day.
Truly, we are living miracles.
Listen to someone who supports abortion staunchly defend their position by referring to a preborn baby as a parasite or a blob of tissue. I want to ask, “Do you realize the miracle that occurred for this baby to exist? Do you understand the biological complexities in the human body and how it all must work in sync and perfect harmony?”
Every human being is God’s perfect design. Even our imperfections exist as part of His design.
At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of a baby who Christians believe was born to redeem the world. But our Savior’s story started earlier. We are told in the Gospel of Luke,
And it came to pass, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she lifted up her voice with a loud cry, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, and the Savior of the world began His earthly ministry humbly as a vulnerable baby.
For pro-lifers, we are privileged through our work to be reminded that each baby, each precious new life, is a miracle and a “retelling in small letters” of the greatest story of all—the story of God’s great love for us.