See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 18 10-11 www.drbo.org
St. Jerome referred to this passage in the quote “How great is the value of the (human) soul, that every single person has from birth received an angel for his protection.” My heart agrees!
Each child is worth more than we will ever understand. The value, to God, is not measured in the length of life, bur merely of life itself.
In my crazy mind, here is what I see with St. Jerome’s quote and Matt 18, so upon conception–which by the way God has already planned– He calls an Angel–“hey Ace, your up!, keep a good eye on this on…etc…” and off he goes. The Angel stays with that baby in the womb and for his/her entire lifetime. Awesome!!
Until reading the scripture and St. Jerome’s quote–that image didn’t exist in my mind. However, what an amazing image that is—at least for me. And it makes sense to me. Our babies are in our belly’s for nine months, through this time there is a small angel just sitting hanging out with our baby–cool! Talking to him/her to them what they will experience at birth, who their parents are, and acclimating them to the language they will speak. The reality comes to light when you see a newborn smile, make a giggle sound, or begin to connect—is it just me, or can you see that your infant child has already lived a lifetime in the short nine months. Babies are brilliant. They understand more than society gives them credit for. They know their parents–yes, it’s instinctive and bonding before birth–great, but bonding is almost a “new” craze considering the centuries before, when babies were not given value until they were born due to high infant mortality rates. Science is great, and it can account for a good percentage of why babies are how they are, but for me spiritually speaking, I am far happier, believing the little fantasy I’ve created.
My children have value to God, no matter how long they lived inside or outside of my body. It is what brings me peace. It is my belief in God, that brings me peace, for without God, I am truly lost.
Lord, you are my peace, my joy, and my love, please hold onto your daughters as they face the hardship of losing their children. Remind them that You, too, cry to for their loss