"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…" - Jeremiah 1:5
Life is precious, a fact we forget 3,700 times a day here in America and over 115,000 times world wide as babies are killed in the procedure we call "abortion." The simple fact is that, in 21st century America, life is often inconvenient, not precious.
In Before I Formed You… Ron DiCianni makes the statement that each life, as we’re told in Scripture, is known and crafted by God for a purpose. How must it grieve the Author of Life, each time one of those precious lives is destroyed.
The flip side of Before I Formed You… though is a celebration! A celebration of each life, of each baby formed and crafted by His hands! Psalm 127:3 says "Behold, children are a gift of the LORD the fruit of the womb is a reward."
As one who almost never had the chance to become what God had planned for me, I know firsthand the special meaning of what God told Jeremiah.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart..."
My mom had stopped her abortion attempt just as the procedure began, because she heard the voice of God saying to her, "Don’t do this... I have a plan for this baby."
God has a plan for every baby He has formed in the womb. Many have never seen the light of day, or gotten to become what He knew they could. I wonder if, through abortion, we have killed the person who was to have found the cure for cancer? Have we cut short the life that was supposed to become a righteous leader to end needless suffering in the world? Chances are, we have.
This painting is a visual translation of Psalm 139. "For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful." If we could reach back into time and allow each child to be born, we would be a better world. Since we can't, I'm hoping we will allow a future that will give each child the opportunity to live. Look at the painting closely and you will see a cross formed by the shadow of Christ's hand. That's the measure of His love for every baby. He died so they wouldn't have to.Ron DiCianni
A major portion of each print goes to fund pro-life efforts at such incredible ministries as 180 and pro-life pregnancy centers.
Normally the print is 99.95 but to celebrate the launch of the new Before I Formed You Foundation (see it here) we're giving you a $20 discount! Hurry, it won't last forever!
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