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Summary: Human life is sacred in the eyes of God and should be protected from the self-serving sin of abortion.

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SANCTITY OF LIFE

The Supreme Value of Human Life

Psalm 139:13-16

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Several years ago a fragile young woman expecting her first child was under the care of Dr. Joe Wheeler. About a month before the baby was due it was discovered that the baby was in a breech position which caused the doctor great concern as he knew of difficulty of such a delivery and the high death rate involved.

On the day of delivery Dr. Wheeler was ready to move quickly as time was of the essence. When the time had come for the delivery he retrieved the first tiny leg from the birth canal and then reached for the other. To his horror there was no other as it was evident that the babies other entire thigh from the hip to the knee was missing. In that brief moment he knew the tramatic effects this would be on this young family. Surely they would spend a life’s savings taking the child to every famous orthopedist in the world. And he envisioned the little girl sitting sadly by herself as the other healthy girls danced and ran and played. He was tempted to slow the delivery for just a few moments. No one in the world would ever know and after the first shock of grief, the young mother would be spared from the pains of having a handicapped child.

Dr. Wheeler resisted that wave of temptation as the life of the mother and the baby had been entrusted to him. The little girl was delivered with her one pitiful little leg and the mother suffered in the hospital several months causing the doctor to wonder if he had done the right thing in not yielding to his temptation.

Seventeen years later Dr. Wheeler attended the annual Christmas banquet for the hospital staff. This year there were three lovely musicians playing in unison with the organ. Of the three he was fascinated by the young harpist. Her fingers plucked effortless across the strings with her face upturned as if the world that moment were a wonderful and holy place.

When the program was over, a woman ran down the aisle toward Dr. Wheeler he did not know. "Oh, you saw her," she cried. "You must have recognized your baby. That was my daughter who played the harp--the little girl who was born with only one good leg 17 years ago. We tried everything at first, but now she has a whole artificial leg on that side. Best of all through all those years, she learned to use her hands so wonderfully. She is going to be one the world’s greatest harpists. She is my whole life and now she is so happy... And here she is!" as the young girl approached.

Impulsively, Dr Wheeler took the girl in his arms and thought back to those temptations 17 years ago.

This story is repeated time and time and time again each day. Some babies are not handicapped, but simply not wanted. The same is increasingly true for elderly whom some surmise have lived passed the ability to have quality of life. Today, I want to speak to you about the Sanctity of Life. Sadly, we live in a culture that has devalued life to the point that no longer calls an unborn child a baby, but a choice. Since 1973 over 45 million babies have been aborted (1.5 million/year: 1/4 to 1/3 of all babies). To add to the horror that assisted suicide is a hot debate and we were appalled last year over the political and legal maneuvering that lead to Terri Schaivo’s death. Folks, something has gone wrong. Let’s exam what the Word of God says about life.


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