excerpted from recently published Life Prayers:
Look in the mirror and look around. Look at your famly, all your friends, and everyone. There is only one you, there is nobody else like you. From the moment you were in your mother’s womb, your DNA had 3 billion DNA pairs with information about you. So much information that if you unraveled it, it would stretch from the earth to the moon. Why were you made this way, why are you so unique, so special, why is there only one you, why? Simply, because God loves you. And for this same reason God has made your baby unique, one-of-a-kind, there never was before and never will be again another baby like yours, another baby like the baby you now carry within you. God has created this child for you and for Him. And He loves your baby as much as He loves you.
An all-powerful almighty all-loving God loved you into existence. He has loved your baby into existence. He created you and your baby in His image and He made you and your baby the unique persons that you are. Even if sometime you have another baby, that baby will not be like this baby. This baby is special. But why was there never before, is not now, and never will be another person like you or another baby like this baby of yours? Because His love for you and your baby is as unusual and unique as you are, and it is a love that is yours alone and your baby’s alone. Because of this divine love, you are the champion, you win the lottery, you win the gold medal, you are in God’s Hall of Fame, you are the star of God’s video about you – and your baby is too.
God chose to love you into existence, and to love your baby into existence, and now sustains you and keeps safe both you and your baby, not only for this earthly life, but for all eternity. How can you and your baby be happy with Him now and forever?
Look around and you will see others made by His love, family and friends and people you don’t even know, each person different, each unique. You will live in God’s image when you realize that each other person is as special and as valuable to God as you are, including your baby. Just as He wants you with Him forever, He wants everyone else with Him and He loves this baby and wants this baby with Him; and you are His tool, His messenger, His right arm, His words, and His Heart for loving others so they come to Him. God believes you are so full-of-wonder that He has given this baby to you. Of all His creations, of all time, He chose you to care for this baby, to nurture this baby as only a mother can, to love this baby more than anyone else could love.
God gave you the gift of being able to freely love as He does; but God cannot now give your gift away; it is yours and only you can now do as He has done, only you can give the gift of you. He will not force you to share what He has given you. Only you can freely choose and give this special gift of your self to others and to your baby. Only you can give your gift of love and life to this baby. That is how you will truly be in His image. That is how you spend eternity with Him and with your baby. You give the gift, you give yourself to your baby, and share your love with your baby and with all of God’s other unique creations, all the persons who are as different, unique, and special as you are. In giving your gift, this gift to the baby within you, you are like Him, you will be with Him always, and He will love you and your baby forever.
Life Prayers, by Guy McClung