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You Knit Me in my Mother’s Womb

By Julie Bostick, Executive Director, Office of Laity & Family Life

When I think about the size of the world and the number of people in it, I feel small and insignificant.  It boggles my mind to try to understand how God can know and love each and every individual person.  I think that is why Psalm 139 has always been one of my favorite Scripture passages.  It reminds me that I am not insignificant to God, because God knew me and my whole life story before I was a blip on my Mom and Dad’s radar screen.

“O Lord, you have probed me and you know me; you know when I sit and when I stand; you understand my thoughts from afar.  My journeys and my rest you scrutinize, with all my ways you are familiar” (Psalm 139:1-3).

When I read this Psalm I remember that God not only knows me but he loves me and wants to have a relationship with me.  When I was conceived in my mother’s womb, my parents participated with God’s plan for them and for me.

“Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.  I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works. My soul also you knew full well; nor was my frame unknown to you when I was made in secret,…”(13-15a)

God loves each of us but He respects the free will He provided to us.  God seeks a relationship with us but He doesn’t force Himself upon us.  God patiently responds each time we call on Him; He picks us up when we fall; and He forgives us when we ask.  God is always quietly with us.  Through God’s love and free gift of Himself to us through His Son, God has provided us with a special dignity.  We are adopted sons and daughters of God and adopted brothers and sisters of Jesus.  As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision and as thousands prepare to march in Washington D.C., let us pray that all people will respect the God given dignity of every human life from conception until natural death.