23 Jul One of a Kind (Jer 1:5) by Whitney Compton
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” ~ Jer 1:5 (full readings)
Whitney’s Reflections: It is TRUE: The Lord knows us before we were formed in the womb. In this passage the Lord is speaking to Jeremiah, but God not only had a plan for Jeremiah, He has a plan for each one of us. Often when remembering the dignity of the human person and the unborn we look to this scripture to remind us that we were born unique. God is intentional when creating each individual and each of us has the ability to add to and build up the kingdom of God on earth. The unborn we spiritually adopt are also unique and have been dedicated for a task on earth; doctors, religious sisters, accountants, priest, mothers, fathers, professors, etc. Last month I was at the Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. Each one of the youth in attendance at the beginning of the week came trying to “fit in” with all of the other youth. As the week went on, each one realized their gifts and talents that made them unique. By the third day, after having undergone many intense workshops, the youth had began to see how the unique gifts and talents made them an individual. Each young Christian leader realized they had something to add to their community, and in this case specifically, their youth group back home. Many youth wanted to stay at CLI, however each one knew it was important to get back to their respective youth groups to use the gifts and talents they discovered over the week. The youth from CLI had special gifts and talents but so do each one of us; adults, elderly, children and even the unborn in the womb. God dedicated each of us for something great before we were formed in our mother’s womb. He will be there to help guide us through our lives and to accomplish that which He dedicated us for! We need to remind others and empower them to use the gifts that God gave them. This passage from Jeremiah is wonderful and the coolest part is, the Lord knew us even before we were formed in the womb … BEFORE we were in the womb! Wow!!! He knows us inside and out, our hearts and how we will build up the kingdom. You have unique gifts and talents and so do the unborn in the womb that you are running for, and if we invite the Lord into our lives daily, our unique gifts – along with His grace – will bring His light to the world. We not only need those who make sacrifices for those unborn in the womb but also those who pray for them. Weather it be “running the race” by being diligent in prayer or in running the race physically … pray! Pray, for the unborn in the womb, pray also for the unique mothers who will give them life and bring them into the world.
* Whitney Compton grew up in St. Louis Missouri. She has obtained a Masters of Arts in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Whitney strives to live her daily life consecrated to Jesus through Mary according to the consecration formula of St. Louis de Montfort.
.Faith Challenge: When having a conversation with someone today remind them that they are unique and have talents that will aid in building up the Kingdom. Also, when in prayer, pray for the mother who feels alone today; pray that the Lord sends her someone to remind her that she and the child in her womb are unique.
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