Friday, January 19, 2007

A Precious Moment in Pro-Life History

This has been circulating for a couple of years (maybe three), but it is a great time to share as a witness to how life begins at conception. May more and more people wake up to the horrors of abortion and honor life as a true gift from God. And may we pray for all on the abortion side as well as for the women who are lied to about abortion and then have to deal with life-long issues of the abortion afterwards. We on the pro-life side need to approach each person on the other side with truth and grace in a gentle and loving way and not a militant way. When I see young girls or woman carrying their baby after getting pregnant out of wedlock, I thank God that at least they aren't aborting their babies.

A picture began circulating in November. It should be "The Picture of the Year," or perhaps, "Picture of the Decade." It won't be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the US paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it. The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother's womb. Little Samuel's mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.
During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon's finger. Dr. Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile.. The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, "Hand of Hope." The text explaining the picture begins, "The tiny hand of a newborn;21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother's uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life." Little Samuel's mother said they "wept for days" when they saw the picture. She said, "The photo reminds us pregnancy isn't about disability or an illness, it's about a little person." Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful. Now see the actual picture, and it is awesome...incredible....and hey, pass it on. The world needs to see this one!

P.S. Don't tell me God isn't Aawesome!!!!!

There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.

The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein

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