March 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – My heart just broke this morning when scanning through Facebook posts I came across images of a tiny perfectly-formed baby who had died in the womb at about 13 weeks' gestation and had to be delivered prematurely.
The baby's mom, Joy Amadee Osborne, wrote a beautiful testimony to her son's life (read full testimony below). They named him Mike.
“We were planning to meet you in August but we met you yesterday instead,” she wrote in her March 3 post.
The mom marveled about how perfectly formed her little baby was. And the pictures show exactly what she's talking about.
“You (a baby boy!) came out of my womb and you were 'fully formed.' In miniature, developing detail, your body was all there (hands, legs, feet, toes, fingers, ears, nose holes, mouth, lips, big eye sockets, collar bone, ribs, and many more seen and unseen parts,” she wrote.
“'You were skillfully wrought'” and we couldn’t stop marveling at the craftsmanship of such a tiny human. Measuring in at 3.5 inches long, we witnessed humanity. We saw a person. We saw life. YOU testified of your Creator and so did we. The nurses agreed and marveled as well,” she added.
When reading the mom's powerful testimony, I could not help but feel sad about all the people who think abortion of babies like Baby Mike is acceptable because they think it's “women's healthcare,” or “reproductive rights,” or the “right to choose,” or whatever euphemism they want to call it.
The fact is, Baby Mike's parents got it right. Their son and every other baby in a mother's womb is a member of the human family created in God's image who deserves the rights, respect, and justice owed to every other born member of the human family.
I'm horrified to think of the uncountable numbers of babies every year who are the same age and size as Baby Mike who are torn apart limb from limb, or poisoned, or disintegrated by vacuum suction because those who are more powerful have convinced themselves that the weakest among us who may be an inconvenience are disposable.
Baby Mike's pictures speak to the truth of the humanity of every unborn baby. Baby Mike's pictures testify to the common humanity that we all share with one another. Baby Mike's pictures are a call to action for everyone to do more to end the diabolic assault on humanity called abortion.
I just love how the mom ended her letter to her son. “So, we love you, 'Baby Mike.' Your life mattered and you lived it well.”
His life mattered, not just because the parents attached value to it, but because Baby Mike was a human being with an eternal soul who was created to be loved and to love. And every baby in the womb is created the same way and should be viewed the same way. Love will one day end abortion. And these parents lived it fully.
Joy's full testimony to the life of her son Mike, reprinted by permission.
Dear Baby Mike,
We were planning to meet you in August but we met you yesterday instead. Your Daddy and I want to testify to others what we have seen and experienced and witnessed of our God.
I went in on Friday, March 1, for a brief, routine (almost 15-week checkup) that left us with the news that while you were there as expected, your heart was not seemingly beating anymore. About an hour later, during a more in-depth ultrasound (at the hospital), it was confirmed for me. “This is baby’s head, this is baby’s body—but sadly, there is no heartbeat for baby and there hasn’t been for probably at least a few days.” I graciously smiled and acknowledged that it was obvious to me as well. No movement on the screen. No explanation needed or given.
We came back to the hospital yesterday, Saturday, March 2, to deliver you. I was induced around 12 pm and at 3:02 pm, we witnessed something as amazing as the full-term birth of our four sweet children (who have been graciously cared for by friends the past 2 days.)
You (a baby boy!) came out of my womb and you were “fully formed.” In miniature, developing detail, your body was all there (hands, legs, feet, toes, fingers, ears, nose holes, mouth, lips, big eye sockets, collar bone, ribs, and many more seen and unseen parts. “You were skillfully wrought” and we couldn’t stop marveling at the craftsmanship of such a tiny human. Measuring in at 3.5 inches long, we witnessed humanity. We saw a person. We saw life. YOU testified of your Creator and so did we. The nurses agreed and marveled as well.
This Scripture has been a blessing in my life lately and it reads, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book.” Psalm 139:13-18
The medical decision is that your life stopped just shy of 14 weeks. These were “the days that were written in God’s plan for you” and while we are sad to say good-bye, we have been blessed by your life. You have been a tiny teacher and God has used you mightily.
The last few weeks, Jason and Nick (who have loved the thought of adding you to our family and wouldn’t entertain the thought you possibly being female lol) decided to name you ‘Mike’. I’m not sure this would have been our final decision but when the nurse asked us yesterday, “Do you want to name your baby?” —we agreed that “Baby Mike” seemed somehow appropriate and I was blessed to have this detail predetermined by your thoughtful brothers.
The name ‘Michael’ means “Who is like God?” I am reminded of Isaiah 40 which I had been reading all week long (prior to your delivery, not knowing what the future held) so thankfully, I knew/know the answer and could/can confidently proclaim, “No one is like God. No one else holds the seas. No one else counts the stars. No one else reduces rulers. No one else can be compared to Him. No one else is never tired. No one else creates life in the mother’s womb. No one else sustains life outside of the womb. He is the one who died for sins, He is the ultimate Counselor and (thankfully) He is Sovereign over all.”
Today, we will go home without you in our arms but you will not be forgotten. Your silent voice screamed loudly yesterday. It screamed over and over and over—–“No one is like your God, Mommy! No one is like your God, Daddy! No one can do what He does. He formed me, He will sustain you and He is the God who cares.”
So, we love you, “Baby Mike.” Your life mattered and you lived it well. We will see you again.
Mom and Dad
(Jason, Nick, Kylie and Lincoln)