[今日經文 Today’s Reading: 路加福音 Luke 1-2]
馬利亞去探望懷孕六個月的親戚伊利莎白，“伊利莎白一聽到馬利亞問安，所懷的胎就在腹裏跳動。”聖經的觀點清楚地表明，在母親的子宮裡的是一個人，一個可以跳動的胎兒。中國人稱母親的子宮為“孩子的宮殿”，但不幸的是，“孩子的宮殿”現在已成為胎兒最危險的地方。最近，加利福尼亞州州長在許多州刊登看版，稱加州 準備幫助其他州的人進行墮胎，甚至粗暴地引用馬可福音 12:31 稱這是“愛鄰如己“。我們的文化有嚴重的問題！當殺死一個完全無助的胎兒成為一種愛的行動時，還有什麼事不可能發生？事實上只有當我們先遵行最大的誡命-“ 盡心、盡性、盡意、盡力愛 神。”，我們才會知道如何真正愛我們的鄰舍。
Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was six months pregnant, and as soon as “Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb.” The perspective of the Bible is clearly that what is in a mother’s womb is a person, a baby who can leap. The Chinese call a mother’s womb “a child’s palace”, but unfortunately the womb has now become the most dangerous place for a baby. Recently the governor of CA posted billboards in many states saying CA is ready to help people in other states to have an abortion, even brashly quoting Mark 12:31 ” ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. There is no other commandment greater than these.” We have a severe problem in our culture! When killing a totally helpless baby becomes an act of love, what else is coming? Only when we know that the greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”, then will we know how to truly love our neighbor.
May the blessing of Elizabeth be for all pregnant women and their babies in the womb: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” so that “the baby in mother’s womb [can] leap for joy.”
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, please help us to know that the baby in a mother’s womb is a precious gift from You! We will welcome each baby no matter what caused the pregnancy so that each baby in the mother’s womb can leap for joy!