For LifeSeries: God's Design
God’s Design for LIFE
Charles McCarry can claim a varied career. In addition to being the author of The Tears of Autumn and The Last Supper, he served as assistant to the Secretary of Labor in the Eisenhower cabinet and has done two stints in the CIA. But he almost wasn't born. Says McCarry, "My mother became pregnant with me at the age of 39. She had nearly died while giving birth to my only sibling. Her doctor, who believed the second pregnancy was a serious threat to her life, advised an abortion. The advice made sense, but my mother refused to accept it. Just before she died at age 97, I asked her why. She replied, "I wanted to see who you were going to turn out to be."*
The most fundamental gift God has given us is that of life. To be frank, not all of us experience the same quality of life. Due to the brokenness of this world, there are many challenges that so many face in living. However, the fact that we all have been created for LIFE is significant. As we talked this morning, the tragedy of our era is that we have attempted to redefine when life begins. God is never confused about when life occurs. Life begins at conception. May we have the same view—and the same commitment—to ensuring all of those created in His image receive that same opportunity: to LIFE.
*In a letter to the Wall Street Journal, quoted in Reader's Digest, February 1990 .