Main Idea: This Faith Talk will help your children learn that God sees a baby in their mother’s belly as a person He loves. They will learn that God loves babies from before the time they were conceived or “thought of” by their parents. This devotion will also remind them that God loves them and made them with care in their mom’s belly too! You and your family will be challenged to be a voice of love and protection for unborn babies who cannot speak for themselves just like Horton was the voice of love and protection for the people of Whoville.
Scripture: Psalm 139:13-18
Hints for leading Faith Talk: (1) Read over the F@H Talk Plan Below. (2) Customize talks and activities to best fit your family’s needs. (3) Don’t feel like you need to cover every detail in the Talk Plan. Add, take away, and summarize thoughts where needed. (4) Pray for God to help you lead your family during this time and that He would help you be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s work in each family member. (Optional) Listen to the message that goes along with this F@H Talk: Where do Babies go when they die?
Supplies: Bible and a device to watch the clip below from the movie “Horton Hears a Who” with your family.
Use the following summary to set the stage for the clip that you are going to show your family. Horton the elephant finds a speck of dust floating in the Jungle of Nool. Upon investigation of the speck, Horton discovers the tiny city of Who-ville and its residents, the Whos, which he can hear but cannot see. Horton develops a friendship with the mayor of Who-ville and promises to transport Who-ville to a place of safety. However, Horton encounters opposition from his jungle neighbors, who don’t want to believe in the existence of Who-ville. In the part of the movie we are about to watch, his neighbors are wanting to destroy the flower on which the speck of dust is resting . Destroying the flower would kill all the Who’s too. Horton believes that while the Whos might be very small, they are still people who should be loved, protected, and valued by all!
After watching the video discuss the following questions with your family before reading the Scripture.
If you were Horton in this scene, what would you have done?
If you were one of the Whos, what would you have wanted Horton to do?
At the end of the clip we see why Horton chooses to protect the Whos even though he might be made fun of, misunderstood, or hurt. Horton risked his comfort and safety so that he could protect the lives of the Whos. Horton knew that the Whos, even though they were extremely small, were still people. Since they were people Horton showed them that they were worthy of love by trying to protect them.
Today some people say that babies are not people at all while they are in their mom’s belly. While some people view babies in their mom’s belly as not being a person, the Bible teaches something different.
Read or have a family member read Psalm 139:13-18.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me! (NLT)
After reading, say something like the following,
In these verses King David is overwhelmed or amazed at how great God is and how great His thoughts were of David! In Psalm 139 God talks about God being All-Present (Omnipresent), All-Knowing (Omniscient), and All-Powerful (Omni-Potent). David says that God knew Him even before he was born or even thought of by his parents (v16). He says that God knew all of his days and what they would hold, including the very day and the very minute that his life began in his mom’s belly (v16). Not only did God know him before he was born but God also created him in his mom’s belly! The same all-powerful God who created space, the world, all the animals, and Adam and Eve was active in creating him while he was in his mom! Just like someone might weave a basket together or sew a design in a blanket God was putting David’s body together. God wove David’s bones, veins, muscles, together to form his body. God decided what color hair, eyes, and skin David would have (v13). God knew David, created David, but He was also with David in his mother’s womb (another name for belly)! It may be hard for us to think about God being everywhere but He is, He is always with us and was with us before we were born (v15).
David says that God’s thoughts about him are almost too amazing for him to handle. He says that he thinks about how much God loves him while he is awake, he dreams about how good God is when he sleeps, and he is still thinking about how precious he is to God when he wakes up. David says that he thinks about how much God treasures him all the time! David says the number of kind thoughts God has about him are greater than the grains of sand on the earth!
You know, David is no different than you and I. God loves you just as much as he did King David. He was with you and I while we were still in our mom’s bellies. He created us with care and wisdom. He knows what our days hold and what He wants for our lives. He is always with us and promises never to leave or forsake us. God loves us and loved us even when we were really, really small! God loves all people, even when they are really, really small, and we as His disciples should too.
I always want you to remember that God loves you, and His loving thoughts about you are so many that you can’t even begin to count them; and remember that God has those same loving thoughts about all people, no matter how small. Like Horton we can be a voice for the smallest of people and we have learned that the smallest of people are the babies yet to be born.
We can love the smallest of people, unborn babies, in many ways.
- We can pray that God would keep them safe while in their mommy’s belly. We can pray that the moms and dads would decide to not abort their baby but instead allow the baby to be born and live outside their mommies. We can pray for Christians to volunteer to help people see that God loves the baby in their belly and that God loves them as parents too. We can pray that God will open people’s eyes to see that abortion is murder, that it is killing people, even though they are small.
- We can go and make a difference. We can go and become a foster family to take care of the children who are not aborted but need a safe place to live. We can go and adopt children who need a forever home. We can volunteer at children’s homes, foster closets, and other organizations that support the value and protection of both the unborn and the living.