The Sword of Solomon

F.W.Boreham-SittingReadingABookThere is a sense in which two and two are four, the plane of ledgers and cash­books – on which these propo­si­tions are approx­i­mate­ly sound. But if you rise from that plane to a lofti­er one, you will find at once that they are unten­able … it is obvi­ous­ly untrue that half-a-baby and half-a-baby make a baby. Let the sword do its dead­ly work… The two halves of a baby make no baby at all. On this high­er plane of human sen­ti­ment and expe­ri­ence, the laws of math­e­mat­ics col­lapse completely.

When a man dis­trib­utes his wealth among his chil­dren, he gives to each a part. But when a woman dis­trib­utes her love among her chil­dren, she gives it all to each … No man who has once fall­en in love will ever be per­suad­ed that one and one are only two. He looks at her, and feels that one plus one would be a mil­lion … No hap­py cou­ple into the sweet shel­ter of whose home a lit­tle child has come will ever be con­vinced that two and one are only three. Life has been enriched a thou­sand­fold by the addi­tion of that one lit­tle life to theirs. And I am cer­tain that no pair from whose cling­ing and pro­tect­ing arms their trea­sure has been snatched will find com­fort in the assur­ance that one from three leaves two. In the great crises of life one’s faith in fig­ures breaks down hopelessly.”

— F.W. Bore­ham, excerpt of “The Sword of Solomon”

Heard quot­ed by Ravi Zacharias.

Mixed Pro-Life Messages Abortion & Miscarriage

Only when an arti­cle hits me this hard do I real­ly feel the sac­ri­fice of giv­ing up Face­book for Lent. There’s a frus­tra­tion in not being able to share with oth­ers some­thing that so deeply chokes my heart. It’s then that I remem­ber that I have a blog and can, at the very least, not lose the resource entirely.

And yet after we lost Olivia, it didn’t take long for me to real­ize that in this Chris­t­ian micro­cosm of ours, some­how an abort­ed baby had so much more to offer the world than a mis­car­ried one.

Both babies may have died at the same ges­ta­tion – one by choice, the oth­er by chance. But the val­ue attached to each child com­plete­ly depend­ed on how that child died. Here are some of the mixed mes­sages I received — some­times just hint­ed at, oth­er times outright:An abort­ed baby deserves to be griev­ed. A mis­car­ried one deserves to be got­ten over. And quick­ly. An abort­ed baby could have been the next Ein­stein or Bach or Moth­er There­sa. A mis­car­ried baby was prob­a­bly dam­aged goods.

An abort­ed baby was killed against God’s design. A mis­car­ried baby ful­filled God’s plans.

An abort­ed baby was a real per­son, and should have the rights as such. A mis­car­ried baby was not a real child – nam­ing them real­ly is kin­da weird. Speak­ing of weird … count­ing them in the line-up of your chil­dren? THAT’S weird!

An abort­ed baby should always be missed in this world. God had cre­at­ed them for a pur­pose, no mat­ter what health issues they may have had. A mis­car­ried baby was meant for heav­en — and we moms should just be so thank­ful we have a baby in heav­en, and should not grieve the loss of their place on earth. After all, they nev­er TRULY had a place on earth, did they?

A beau­ti­ful, valu­able, mis­car­ried baby.

An abort­ed baby is a tragedy. A mis­car­ried baby is slight bump on the road of life. 

An abort­ed baby could nev­er be replaced. A mis­car­ried baby can always be replaced – “Oh, don’t wor­ry, hon – your time will come again. You’ll have more. Just relax and trust God. You’ll see.”

An abort­ed baby’s mom should know exact­ly what she’s miss­ing out on if she has liv­ing chil­dren. A mis­car­ried baby’s mom should not grieve that loss, but instead, should just be thank­ful for the lives of her liv­ing children.